After enjoying a champagne reception and speeches from Richard Tyler, President of Horder Healthcare Charles Gallanaugh, consultant plastic surgeon Oliver Harley and nurse Claire Judge, guests at the celebratory event took a tour of The McIndoe Centre’s ultra-modern operating theatres.
Attendees included Bob Marchant, the Secretary of the Guinea Pig Club, which was established in 1941 to support young RAF pilots left with life-changing injuries. Sir Archibald McIndoe operated on 649 guinea pigs in total, leading to him being knighted in 1947. As well as performing the surgery, he focused on the importance of rehabilitation back into civilian life. With his encouragement, the guinea pigs led full and active lives and East Grinstead became known as ‘the town that didn’t stare’.
Richard Tyler added: “As well as delivering high quality medical procedures and patient care from world-class consultants, we continue to look after people long after they have left the operating theatre. We believe surgery is about improving a patient’s quality of life which is something Sir Archibald instilled in us all.”