Ken Crichton – Secretary (bp)

I was born and raised in the Isle of Lewis. On leaving school in 1959 I spent 2 years in London in the Home Civil Service before transferring to the Administrative Department of the NHS.

My first post in 1961 was in the Lewis Hospital in Stornaway and in 1967 I moved to Musselburgh to work as the Administrator of Edenhall Hospital. In 1971 I moved to the Eastern General Hospital. Over the next 30 years until I retired in 2001, the EGH remained my base although I had something like seven different job titles and had administrative responsibility for (at one time or another) most of of the hospitals in Mid and East Lothian, and some in the City. It was a career I loved and I had the privilege of working with great people.

I first became involved with Seagrove when it was looking for a base in North Edinburgh, and at the time we had spare rooms in what we called Hut C, where the new Findlay House now stands.

We were able to offer that to Seagrove and when that was demolished to make way for the new building, we were able again to make available what had been Matrons Bungalow. When the hospital finally closed, Seagrove was able to move to the Gate Lodge until the new Seagrove was ready.

I was invited to join the Board of Seagrove on my retiral, which I did with great pleasure.

Having just recently seen the new accommodation for the first time, I think it is wonderful, and its so great to think that this site will continue to be involved in caring for people and families as it has done for over 100 years.

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