Crowds gathered for the official reveal of the medical-themed owl sculpture as part of the Minerva’s Owls of Bath trail at BMI Bath Clinic recently.
Dr Tawny, Privoot GP was unveiled by The Goddess Minerva (Amelia Zuleika, Miss Bath 2017/18), her barn owl companion, local artist Vera Carbin and three of BMI Bath Clinic’s private GPs.
The sculpture marks the one year anniversary of Bath Clinic’s Private GP Service and 35 years of the private hospital providing care in the community.
To ensure accessibility of the sculpture to all, a new path was opened, connecting the hospital to the National Trust Skyline Walk for the first time.
More than £250 was raised at the unveiling in support of local charities including Dorothy House Hospice Care.
The sculpture makes reference to Bath’s long connections with healthcare including the Roman goddess of healing, Minerva, who was said to watch over Bath’s thermal springs which supposedly had healing properties.
Jacky Jones, executive director of BMI Bath Clinic said: “We’re delighted to welcome our very own medical sculpture to BMI Bath Clinic, with the design and name voted for by our hospital staff. We were keen to lend our support to the initiative with 80% of the profits going to the Forever Friends £8.5m appeal for the new Royal United Hospital Cancer Centre, and the B&NES Young Carers Centre.
“BMI Bath Clinic is celebrating 35 years of providing care in the community, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to give something back. By creating a new path that links us to the free National Trust Skyline Walk, we encourage staff to stay active, and the local community to discover our sculpture and reflect on Bath’s healthcare origins and rich cultural heritage.”
Dr Tawny, Privoot GP is available to see at BMI Bath Clinic in Combe Down until 10 September. After this, the owl will take flight and be auctioned off in aid of local healthcare charities.
For more information on BMI Bath Clinic’s Private GP Service, tel: 0800 096 269 or visit: bmihealthcare.co.uk