It was an ever-changing day as I drove down to Clydebank for my talk last night I started off in low cloud and sleet on the Dava Moor and fresh snow on the wee hills. The A93 Glenshee road was getting heavy snow according to the radio and the Tomintoul road was blocked – this was late May. I stopped to visit friend near Grantown who after years of mountains had a knee a knee replacement and had just got out of hospital, he had been to same place I was giving my talk for his operation! The drive down also involved a quick stop at Onich to say hullo to the birthday girl and there still plenty of snow on the hills. Then down past Crainlarich to see Elma an old friend. On the way past Glencoe more sleet and wind and then down the A82 Loch Lomond with the harebells and primroses out and the trees looking so green and great. Ben Lomond was clear and looking good with a wee bit of snow near the top, the A82 was an interesting drive with its potholes but the views are wonderful. This is an incredible part of Scotland and the pleasure boats filled with tourists were out in the loch in the bracing weather.
The road was busy as usual and I reached my destination at Clydebank as I was doing an After Dinner talk. I booked in and had a shower and time for a wee wander by the Clyde it was turning into a lovely night. The weather was great and it was great to get out and stretch the legs before the nights activities.
The chat after a lovely meal seemed to go well and the group hopefully enjoyed it. I met a lass from Lockerbie after my chat, you usually get a few people talking privately to you as you pack up. She was only 16 when the disaster happened. She remembers little (the minds way of coping I feel) but spoke very vividly of what her Mum, Dad and family friends did and how the family was involved. She remembers that they washed and ironed many of personal clothing from the disaster victims and ensured that they were clean and returned to the families after the tragedy. I had forgotten that part of the story and how incredible the local Lockerbie people were. Her Mum also worked with WRVS who were incredible to us throughout our stay ensuring we were fed all through the days and nights to come. Most were Mum’s and looked after us after we came in for a break, many of my team were given a cuddle and a few kind words by these great people. I also met a Policeman from Lockerbie who was one of the first people there he said that period will live with him and many of his friends for ever. He was left for hours beside uncovered casualties. Scotland is such a small beautiful place but we have so many good people about. After the Woolwich Murders it is still good to meet real people who are so passionate about how they care and look after their fellow-man. The world is not all full of hate and anger.
I stayed the night at the Beardmore Hotel. I did not know it is owned by the NHS and has the Golden Jubilee National Hospital attached to it. My friend as I said was in the hospital a few days previously for a knee replacement and he was singing the praises of this incredible facility. What a facility and a great idea a hospital with a Hotel attached and the staff were so helpful. This is place to get your knees and hips done if your body is falling apart, it is impressive. I packed up and left every one enjoying the music and went to relax. It takes time for me to come down after a chat like that and the reminders about Lockerbie can be difficult but it is a part of my life and I do need to share the lessons from it. I relaxed by reading more Of Ian Sykes book ” Cry Argentina” and I was soon away in a world of ice mountains and politics and soon fell asleep.
Heavy is available for Lectures and after dinner talks see website for details!
Fast facts – Our fast facts are a quick guide to everything about the Golden Jubilee National Hospital.
- A national resource for NHSScotland
- Centre of excellence in orthopaedics and heart and lung
- Currently celebrating 10 years of excellence
- Only NHS facility to have a conference centre and hotel on site
- Pioneered the Enhanced Recovery Service for orthopaedics
- First Scottish hospital to carry out a replacement heart valve through a vein in the leg – avoiding the need for open heart surgery.
- First (and only) Scottish hospital to use a Ventricular Assist Device implant – also known as mechanical heart
- 3,000 procedures in first year, now 30,000 a year and a total of 300,000 by the end of 2012/13.
- Carrying out 20% of Scotland’s hip and knee replacements (45% in the west)
- All cardiac surgery performed in under nine weeks
- Over 1400 staff
- Over 100 volunteers and lay members
- Above 97 per cent compliance with national hand hygiene audits
- Above 90 per cent score on the National Cleaning Services Monitoring Tool
- Over 200 beds
- Four cardiac catheterisation (cath) labs
- 16 theatres
- State of the art diagnostic imaging suite
- Single en-suite rooms for all inpatients
- Cleaning teams report to Infection Control
The Beardmore Hotel and Conference Centre is a luxury hotel situated on the banks of the River Clyde. It offers stylish, modern bedrooms with iMac computers, and spa and leisure facilities.
All of The Beardmore’s 4-star bedrooms offer free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, and 20-inch iMac computers with Freeview TV, CD/DVD playing capabilities, and free internet calls via Skype. Some rooms have stunning views of the River Clyde.
Guests can also enjoy free use of the hotel’s leisure facilities, which include a heated indoor pool, steam room, and sauna. A modern, fully equipped gym is also available to guests.
The Waterhouse Restaurant provides contemporary British cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients surrounded by stylish decor with scenic views. The b-Bar cafe offers light meals all day.
The Beardmore offers free parking to guests. Glasgow is 20 minutes’ drive away, and Dalmuir Rail Station is a 10-minute walk.
Thanks for all your help with the IT and the friendliness shown a great place to stay.