Published: Thursday, August 14th, 2014
National hospital opens walking routes
The Golden Jubilee National Hospital has opened two walking routes as part of its legacy following the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Two walking routes have been set up to give staff, visitors and the local community the opportunity to become more physically active whilst enjoying some of the fantastic scenery surrounding Scotland's National Hospital.
The Jubilee route is approximately one kilometre in length and the Beardmore route is less than two kilometres. Benches positioned along the route allow the opportunity to rest at regular intervals.
Taking in views of the River Clyde as they go through the gardens of the hospital and hotel, both routes follow clearly marked flat paths and roads. Suitable for walking and jogging, they can also be easily accessed by wheelchairs, pushchairs and those with mobility problems.
Chief Executive of the Golden Jubilee National Hospital Jill Young commented on the new walking routes, saying: "As a national resource for the NHS in Scotland and recent hosts of the Queen's Baton Relay, we are dedicated to helping provide a positive and sustainable legacy for our staff, patients and the local community following the Commonwealth Games.
"We hope that our new walking routes will encourage more people than ever before to take advantage of some of the beautiful spaces we have right on our doorstep, and decide to go for a lunchtime or evening walk or take up running.
"As the home of regional and national heart and lung services for NHSScotland, we know that making small changes to your daily routine and becoming more active can have a very positive impact on your overall health and wellbeing."
The walking routes are the latest initiative as part of the hospital's commitment to encourage staff to lead healthy working lives. In January, they launched a Commonhealth Challenge, encouraging staff to sign up to their own personal fitness challenge and recently launched weekly walking and jogging clubs. And just last month, they were awarded the status of Cycle Friendly Employer by Cycle Scotland.