A special 100-year-old Solihull woman who has dedicated much of her life to her hometown hospital was on hand to officially open a new clinical area which has been named in her honour.
Millie Skinner has volunteered at the Lode Lane site ever since the Friends of Solihull Hospital (FOSH) was founded 61 years ago and has helped the group raise over £1 million in that time.
She still attends monthly committee meetings despite turning 100 in October and is as passionate as ever about Solihull Hospital and healthcare in the town.
The centenarian was joined by family, friends from FOSH and senior managers at Solihull Hospital to officially open the The Millie Skinner Transfer Hub, based on Ward 10, which aims to improve care for complex patients.
Dr Rex J Polson, associate medical director at Solihull Hospital, said: “As a hospital we were so keen to honour Millie in some way in this, her 100th year, to show our appreciation for all the work she has done for Solihull Hospital both through her work as a nurse on the old hospital site and for the FOSH group which has made a huge difference over the years.
Millie’s daughter Joan Lowery said her mother was ‘immensely proud’ to have been given the honour by the hospital that she has supported all her life.
She said: “It was a wonderful gesture for the hospital to dedicate the transfer hub to my mother and when she was told she was really proud and honoured. She has always had a strong affiliation with the hospital and even at 100 she is as keen as ever to know what is going on at the hospital and support staff and patients in any way she can.”
Millie started working at the hospital site when it was still the Workhouse, before the war in 1939 meant it became an emergency hospital and she began working there as a nurse. In 1953 Millie’s brother founded FOSH and Millie has been a committee member ever since.