Medical matters down the decades

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HOSPITAL stays are never easy, and despite the best work of caring doctors and nurses it will often be a frightening experience.

The care of patients was thrown back into the spotlight this week as reports emerged of concerns about the ­standard of food at some city hospitals, after images emerged of a meal with relatives claimed they wouldn’t feed to an animal.

The Lone Ranger ' aka actor Clayton Moore ' visits young patients in the Princess Margaret Rose Hospital in August 1958

The Lone Ranger ' aka actor Clayton Moore ' visits young patients in the Princess Margaret Rose Hospital in August 1958

Of course hospital food has always been famously unloved, but it shouldn’t overshadow the hard work done by medical staff and others to try to make hospital stays more bearable.

In August 1958, actor Clayton Moore, better known to children as televisions’ The Lone Ranger, was showing off his sharp shooting to help entertain youngsters on a visit to the Princess Margaret Rose Hospital in Edinburgh.

At the sanatorium of East Fortune hospital in 1955, staff were keen to get patients out into the fresh air for some ­occupational therapy sessions for TB (tuberculosis) in a bid to help their recovery.

And nurses and staff from Bruntsfield Hospital in Whitehouse Loan even broke out the bubbly when they gathered to celebrate the hospital’s ­centenary with Champagne and flowers in June 1985.

Occupational therapy for TB patients at East Fortune Hospital in 1955

Occupational therapy for TB patients at East Fortune Hospital in 1955

Children, parents and DJs enjoyed the “lift off” ceremony for Radio Lollipop as it began broadcasting to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in June 1989.

Celebrities including DJ and Wheel of Fortune presenter John Leslie and Radio One DJ Mark Goodier joined in the fun and party games on the wards and broadcasts were made from a giant hot air balloon in the Meadows.

Princess Margaret was helping to lift spirits when she opened the Margaret Rose Hospital in June 1965.

Champagne and flowers for Bruntsfield Hospital's centenary in June 1985

Champagne and flowers for Bruntsfield Hospital's centenary in June 1985

DJs John Leslie and Mark Goodier join children, parents and staff to launch of Radio Lollipop at the Sick Kids in 1989

DJs John Leslie and Mark Goodier join children, parents and staff to launch of Radio Lollipop at the Sick Kids in 1989

Princess Margaret talks to a patient at the opening of the Princess Margaret Rose Hospital, 1965

Princess Margaret talks to a patient at the opening of the Princess Margaret Rose Hospital, 1965