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Royal honour for theatre nurse at Scottish national hospital

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A dedicated theatre nurse has today been presented with a British Empire Medal (BEM) in recognition of her services to the Golden Jubilee National Hospital in Glasgow.

Elizabeth Hendry, known as Lily, received the prestigious honour at an awards ceremony in Glasgow City Chambers, after being mentioned in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.

“I love being a nurse; nursing has really defined my life”

Elizabeth Hendry

Ms Hendry, 79, who has had a long and distinguished nursing career and has worked in theatres at the Golden Jubilee for the last 15 years, was nominated for the BEM by her manager Karen Boylan.

“This is a lovely honour and I am absolutely delighted to have been awarded a British Empire Medal. I have been a wee bit tearful today and I am very humbled that people would think I am deserving of such an award,” said Ms Hendry.

“I love being a nurse; nursing has really defined my life,” she said. “I love it here at the Golden Jubilee, where it is like one big family. I would like to say a special thanks to Karen Boylan and the rest of the team who put me forward for this award.”

“Her positive and can-do attitude is so infectious among our staff and patients”

Anne Marie Cavanagh

Anne Marie Cavanagh, the hospital’s nurse director, said: “Everyone at the Golden Jubilee is absolutely delighted for Lily. To be awarded a British Empire Medal is testament to her years of dedication and commitment to the nursing profession.

“We are very lucky that Lily hasn’t yet settled into retirement as she is an extremely hard-working member of the team whose years of experience are invaluable,” she said.

“We are honoured to have Lily here at the hospital, her positive and can-do attitude is so infectious among our staff and patients,” she added.

Eva Bolander, Lord Lieutenant of Glasgow, presented Ms Hendry with her BEM on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen. “It’s my immense pleasure to present these awards to remarkable individuals who have dedicated their lives to making this city a better place,” she said. 

“We owe them a huge debt and it’s an honour to join them today and have this opportunity to thank them, on behalf of the city and the palace, for their special contributions to our city,” she added.

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The Golden Jubilee National Hospital in Glasgow, which takes referrals from across Scotland in certain specialties, including cardiovascular, respiratory and orthopaedics.

It was originally built in 1994, as a private hospital by Health Care International at a cost of £180m, but proved unsuccessful and was purchased for the NHS, at a cost of £37.5m in 2002.

It is now a major centre for regional and national heart and lung services, orthopaedics and other key specialties. It is described by NHS Scotland as a “flagship” hospital for reducing waiting times.

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