Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Parade Marks End of an Era in Healthcare

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Parade Marks End of an Era in Healthcare

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An emotional procession has marked the end of an era for healthcare on Teesside - and the start of a new one.

Dozens of NHS staff past and present, together with former patients, took part in a symbolic walk yesterday to celebrate the change-over.

They set off from North Riding Infirmary, Middlesbrough General Hospital and the neuro-rehabilitation unit at West Lane Hospital heading for the James Cook University Hospital.

After years of preparation all wards have been moved to the South Tees Hospitals NHS Trust's new facilities in Middlesbrough.

And staff thought the procession was an appropriate way to mark the occasion.

"It's really emotional for me today," said former Middlesbrough General Hospital nurse Margaret Toast.

"This was my life. We had some tremendous times here. The hospital has given an absolutely great service to the area.

"But we just wanted the people of Middlesbrough to know that this is the way forward."

Before the procession left Middlesbrough General, trust chaplain the Rev Philip Carrington said a prayer remembering "the tears of pain, the tears of joy, the tragedies and the happiness" that took place there. …

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