Anniversary celebrations at a Moray hospital kick off

Management and staff are pictured outside Dr. Gray's hospital in Elgin to commemorate its 200th anniversary. Photograph by Jason Hedges.
Management and staff are pictured outside Dr. Gray's hospital in Elgin to commemorate its 200th anniversary. Photograph by Jason Hedges.

Staff members at Moray’s biggest hospital have kicked-off celebrations to mark its 200th birthday.

Dr Gray’s Hospital opened its doors to patients on January 1, 1818 and to commemorate this, a group called Friends of Dr Gray’s has been formed to run a year-long programme of events.

Staff members from different sections of the hospital came together to launch the effort by holding a mini-celebration at the historic site.

They have already launched an ambitious campaign to restore the site’s most prominent feature – its famous dome – with the aim of raising £60,000 to do this.

Other projects being planned for 2019 include an exhibition of historical images which will be hosted at the hospital, as well as the development of a disused courtyard.

The complex is named after Dr Alexander Gray who was an Elgin native and worked as a surgeon with the East India Company in Bengal.

When he died in 1807, he left £20,000 in his will, which is worth about £1.8 million today, in order to establish a hospital for Moray.

The site now has 550 staff, nearly 200 beds and in 2018 cared for about 20,000 patients.

 

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