Memories of Edinburgh Sick Kids Hospital sought for virtual time capsule

A virtual time capsule will memorialise 125 years of care at Edinburgh Sick Kids Hospital before it’s permanent relocation to Little France in 2021.

Richard Jackson's granny, Margaret (front row, second from left), with colleagues on the day of her retirement from the Sick Kids Hospital.
Richard Jackson's granny, Margaret (front row, second from left), with colleagues on the day of her retirement from the Sick Kids Hospital.

Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity has joined with virtual reality company Virtronix to create a digital 360° walkthrough experience of the Sciennes Road building.

First opened in 1895 the children’s hospital has seen thousands of Edinburgh residents pass through their doors for work and treatment.

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People from the Capital have been asked to submit their stories and photos of the children’s hospital to help honour the staff, patients and families who used the hospital for over a century.

Managing Director at Virtronix Richard Jackson developed the time capsule for the hospital in memory of his late grandmother, Margaret Hamilton, who worked at the Sick Kids for over 30 years.

Mr Jackson said: “My granny joined the Sick Kids as a medical secretary for the Burns Unit in 1950 and worked there for 30 years until she retired in 1980.

“When I visited Edinburgh, I would usually join her in the shop, so I grew up knowing the hospital and I’ve done many fundraisers myself over the years, including an abseil down the back wing of the building.

“When my family heard the hospital was moving, we were very excited but we also felt a bit nostalgic and sad for the old building so I wanted to memorialise it and give a little nod to all the people who have passed through its door over the years.”

Please email all photos, videos, memories and stories to [email protected] or call 0131 668 4949 for more information.

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