Ward named in memory of 32-year-old Glenrothes nurse

Gareth Marlow
Gareth Marlow

Staff at a Birmingham hospital have dedicated a ward to a former Glenrothes-born charge nurse, who passed a way in 2013.

Colleagues at Alexandra Hospital in Redditch have renamed ward five the ‘Marlow Unit’ in honour of Gareth Marlow, who died following complications during a routine heart operation in July last year - a sad and sudden loss for his family, friends and workmates.

The parents and family of the 32-year-old travelled from Fife and Cornwall for the memorial event as staff packed into the ward to witness Gareth’s mum, Susan Hunter, unveil the plaque and officially open the unit.

“Seeing this unit dedicated to Gareth is a very proud moment for me,” Susan told onlookers.

“He would have been very happy to know how inspired he made his colleagues feel.

“I am overwhelmed to see how important he was to everyone.”

Following the ceremony, Susan told the Gazette of the pride she had for her son.

“Ever since he was a pupil at Auchmuty High School Gareth knew that he wanted to be a nurse helping people and working in a medical environment.

“It was all he ever wanted to do and worked very hard to achieve the qualifications to be able to do the job, he loved every minute of it.

“It’s very satisfying and comforting for us as a family to know that he was dedicated to his profession and to be honoured in this way shows that his efforts have not gone unrecognised.”

Penny Venables chief executive at the hospital said Gareth had been a much respected member of the staff “Gareth stepped up to the role of manager just two years after qualifying as a nurse, and his passion for nursing and patient care lifted spirits on ward five, “ she added.

“He was a real character, and is greatly missed by the team.

“His compassion for patients, talent for mentoring and complete professionalism continue to inspire the nurses he worked with, and he will be remembered fondly.

”I am honoured to dedicate the Marlow Unit in Gareth’s memory.”

Gareth, who had worked as a nurse at the Alexandra hospital, known locally as the ‘Alex’, before stepping up to the role of ward manager, had been based at the hospital for the last four years.