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Shaping the Future and Celebrating the Past at RMCH


A book delving into the past and celebrating the future of children’s services in Manchester was launched. ‘Shaping the Future and Celebrating the Past: A Brief History of Sick Children in Manchester 1829-2009’, by Pamela Barnes, the Chairman of Action for Sick Children, was unveiled at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital on Thursday 16th December. 

There was be a programme of eminent speakers at the event including, Peter Clayton, the current Professor of Child Health & Paediatric Endocrinology, Sir Robert Boyd, the now retired Professor of Child Health and Dean of Manchester and St George’s Medical Schools, John Pickstone, Wellcome Research Professor and the author herself Pamela Barnes. 

Back in 1999, Pamela wrote a book on ‘Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital “Pendlebury” 1829 -1999’. She brought back to life the history of the hospital, the people who made that history and their many and various achievements, highlighting the importance of developments in paediatrics in our city against a backdrop of national and international paediatric progress. 

Professor Peter Clayton said: “In the decade since that book was launched, much has happened within Greater Manchester’s Children Services and we felt it was time to update the history of our hospital. Pam has now recorded the pathway and the people who have shaped one of the most notable events in our history, the opening of the new Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. For the first time, all our paediatric tertiary services are together.”

He added: “Cogniscent of the success of the past, we must ensure that the upcoming generations of paediatric consultants, nurses and allied health professionals continue to provide the best care for children, to be innovative in treatment strategies and service development, and to ensure that research into children’s diseases is a Manchester priority.”