Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth and Head of Medical Cian O'Doherty were special guests at a birthday party for BMI The Chiltern Hospital last Friday.The hospital in Great Missenden celebrated its 35th birthday with an afternoon tea party to recognise its presence in the community since it opened in March 1982.
Gareth and Cian joined Chiltern consultants and staff including nurse Sue Dover and receptionist Gill Witney, who have over 55 years of service between the pair.
Wycombe Wanderers have benefited greatly from its new partnership with BMI South Buckinghamshire Hospitals, which provides medical support and care for its players during their rehabiliation from injuries.
The 18-acre site at Great Missenden was developed into a hospital by American Medical International (AMI) and was chosen for its beautiful setting in rural land surrounded by trees.
The main building, built in 1151, was originally Little Abbey, connected to the Great Abbey half a mile away. Previously, the building has been used as a prep school, a hotel and then private consulting rooms opened by a consortium of consultants before becoming the Chiltern Hospital.
The development of the hospital in 1982 was an exciting event for South Buckinghamshire and the wider community. When the Chiltern Hospital hosted an open day shortly after opening, more than 3,000 people over two days came to see the brand new hospital and facilities.
The Chiltern Hospital maintains its policy of providing some of the most complex and technologically advanced care available to private and NHS patients, and is part of the BMI Healthcare Group, the largest independent healthcare group in the UK.
Fraser Dawson, Executive Director of BMI The Chiltern, said: “This was a wonderful opportunity for everyone to celebrate 35 years' service. We were absolutely delighted to be joined by Gareth and Cian to help mark this special day.
“BMI Healthcare is committed to the continued development of The Chiltern Hospital, with plans this year to refurbish patient’s bedrooms, waiting area, main reception and consulting rooms”.