Fundraiser for new £150 million Aberdeen hospital held in New York

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Efforts to fund a £150 million Aberdeen hospital and make the North-east a global leader in women’s healthcare have advanced all the way to New York City.

Aberdeen Centre for Women’s Health will be based at the Baird Family Hospital, scheduled to open at Foresterhill Health Campus in 2021.

It will provide maternity, gynaecology, breast screening and breast surgery services as well as hosting a team of “world-class” researchers from the University of Aberdeen.

It is also being supported by charity the ARCHIE Foundation to improve the centre’s neonatal facilities and develop links with the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital.

A glitzy fundraising event was held with donors and university alumni in Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue.

David Baird, son of Sir Dugald and Lady Baird, whom the hospital will be named after, was there. The couple set up the first free family planning clinic in Aberdeen, and in 1951 launched the Aberdeen maternity and neonatal database, which is still being used.

Liz Bowie, director of the university’s development trust, said: “Dugald Baird and his wife were real innovators with the care of women.”