McClure Suite honour for well-loved paediatrician

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Two new state-of-the-art isolation rooms have been unveiled for the benefit of children in NHS Ayrshire and Arran.

The rooms at the University Hospital Crosshouse near Kilmarnock have been named the McClure Suite in memory of the late Dr John McClure, a greatly admired and respected consultant paediatrician who worked for many years in Ayrshire and Arran.

Dr McClure MBE, who looked after a generation of children, died in January after a five-year battle with cancer. He was 74.

A former chairman of the Scottish Cot Death Trust, he was well known on Arran where he and his wife Jean had a holiday house in Corrie they regularly visited from their home in Ayr.

The isolation rooms will be for patients with infectious conditions or who need to be kept isolated from the general ward. Each room includes a separate lobby for changing into protective clothing, an en suite bathroom and dedicated waste disposal. The new design has created back-to-back rooms with a nurses’ desk that has a clear view to observe patients.

Dr McClure’s wife Jean officially opened the suite along with staff from children’s services.

Fiona Scott, senior  charge nurse for children’s inpatients, said: ‘The McClure Suite is a welcome addition to the facilities we have for our patients and we hope it is a fitting tribute to the memory of Dr McClure.’