Baby Dean born on 65th anniversary of the NHS

Nicola and baby Dean are pictured (centre) with (left to right) big sister Nicole (two), big brother Cody (five), dad Colin, big brother Josh (10), Midwife Cathy Maciver, Midwife Joanne Murray Stewart, and NHS Western Isles Chief Executive Gordon Jamieson.
Nicola and baby Dean are pictured (centre) with (left to right) big sister Nicole (two), big brother Cody (five), dad Colin, big brother Josh (10), Midwife Cathy Maciver, Midwife Joanne Murray Stewart, and NHS Western Isles Chief Executive Gordon Jamieson.

Western Isles parents, Nicola and Colin Cameron, welcomed their new son into the world on the 65th anniversary of the National Health Service.

And baby Dean must have been particularly determined to enter the world on the special anniversary of the formation of the NHS, as he kept his family waiting 15 days after his official due date before making an appearance on July 5th!

Dean was born at 8.03pm in Western Isles Hospital in Stornoway on Friday, July 5th, 2013, weighing 9lb 7oz. He has three siblings to look after him; big sister Nicole (two), and big brothers, Josh (10) and Cody (five). Proud parents, Nicola and Colin, were presented with flowers and gifts by NHS Western Isles Chief Executive Gordon Jamieson.

Also to mark the 65th anniversary of the NHS, a special photograph display was set up and a 1937 video screening took place (which included footage of the laying ceremony of the first foundation stone of the old Lewis Hospital in Stornoway) at Western Isles Hospital. The video will be available to view on the hospital screens all week.

Western Isles Hospital Staff Nurse Nicola Libby, who recently graduated as a Dementia Champion, cut our special 65th anniversary cake in Stornoway (pictured with Chair, Neil Galbraith and Chief Executive, Gordon Jamieson).

Celebrations also took place at Ospadal Uibhist agus Bharraigh and at St Brendan’s, and staff at the Health Board Offices in Stornoway also got into the spirit of the celebrations and arranged a photograph display and decorated the building for the occasion (pictured).

The NHS Western Isles 65th Anniversary website is available at www.wihb.scot.nhs.uk/65th, which includes old photographs, stories and links to further information. Anyone with a story or memory of the health service in the Western Isles is encouraged to share their memories on this webpage.

If anyone has old photographs of the NHS that the Healthboard could publish, they would be interested to hear from you (photographs will be scanned and returned). Contact Maggie Fraser at the Health Board Offices in Stornoway (01851 708060 or maggie.fraser1@nhs.net).