Lt. Cmdr. Leslie Edward Ayling
The bust of Lt. Cmdr. Leslie Edward Ayling R.N. is located in the foyer area outside the Capt. Murchinson Ward within St. Bernard’s Hospital. It was presented to the hospital on the 28th September 2016, by Mrs Margaret Ayling, director and owner of the company Ayling International Property Services, S.L., during the inauguration of the GHA’s Ayling-Buttigieg Chemotherapy Day Unit at St Bernard’s Hospital. This Unit had been funded by Mrs. Margaret Ayling honouring a promise she made at the funeral of her late husband, Lieutenant Commander (RN), Leslie Edward Ayling and her parents, Anthony and Lucia Buttigieg.
The Unit was officially opened by the Chief Minister Fabian Picardo, with the Minister for Health, the Hon. John Cortes also in attendance.
It had been Leslie’s long-time ambition to alleviate the pressure on cancer patients having to be sent abroad by the health authority to receive treatment. Unfortunately, Leslie did suddenly in 2005 but his wishes were eventually realised 11 years later by his wife, Margaret.
Lt. Cmdr. Leslie Edward Ayling was Commander and Senior Systems Weapons Electrical Engineer in Her Majesty's Royal Navy who first visited Gibraltar in 1973, where he met, and later married Margaret Buttigieg requiring a posting to Gibraltar in order to do so.
On retiring from the Royal Navy, he founded Ayling Property Services S.L. in 1977 establishing real estate business with connections in both Gibraltar and Spain. The business is still run by Margaret from offices in Sotogrande.
The Ayling-Buttigieg Chemotherapy Day Unit incorporates the following features:
- Specialist Cytotoxic drugs preparation area.
- Staff Gowning Area.
- Oncology Clinic.
- Facilities for 5 Chemotherapy stations including multi-use space for in-patient/out- patient use.
- Nurse monitoring station.
- New reception.
- Dedicated waiting area.
Leslie Edward Ayling RN and Margaret Buttigieg in the 1970's.