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Rabbie Posted 29th Jan 2010, 01:52am
  Every cloud has a silver lining?

Ah know many of us do not like changes. Glasgow is dynamic in many aspects, historically at any rate.

I ken so many will have happy memories. However, lets be positive, could this be a change for the better?

If better medical advances / health care can be offered, I am all for it, at some stage in our lives we may require assistance.

Small moves and better care.
weebren3 Posted 20th Jan 2010, 05:16am
  Change of an era. They must have somthing in mind to replace the hospital.I must say in most hospitals in glasgow our nurses were wonderful,doctors and staff. I do admire, I could not have done there job, so Thank You All for your service,by the way long before my time, but I do admire the tender care on my mothers behalf too. I dont think it matters if it was renamed, the queen mother did not contribute to the cost of scots health, just her job as part us in return keeping her living the good life, when people had A bad time making ends meat. Now with this said it is not with disrespect,just sorry when I think of hard times while looking at someone in photos with all the grand cloths and the cost to scots. I would have loved to have seen my grandparents and others living with some of the best and sharing too. Just my opinion.
Ricky G Posted 16th Jan 2010, 01:06pm
  It is sad for people who have fond memories of the QM but it was inevitable after the maternity wing was opened in the GRI . Can anyone tell me was renovation ever on the table as an option. My son worked there for a few years manning the switchboard and he says the place was in pretty bad shape.

Surely the sick kids isn't under the hammer as well there was 4Million spent building a Medi-cinema and a special scanner for babies only two years ago.
Maggie50 Posted 16th Jan 2010, 12:39pm
  Hi i too was born n bred in the 'toonheid' and had my kids in the wonderful Rottenrow but i do remember visiting the QM's and thinking ooh!! how posh. My very best pal did her midwifery there after her general in GRI in the mid 60's and was very sad when i told her it was closing as she has brilliant memories of her time there. yeap sad times eh?

QUOTE (sumac @ 14th Jan 2010, 01:55pm) *
Hi, everybody!

I am so sad to hear about Queen Mum's.

My only experience of the hospital was just after it opened. I'd be about 11 and my darling Auntie Cathy was in Queen Mum's. She had had 2 or 3 miscarriages previously but was now safely in Queen Mum's. She was to be given one of those new-fangled Caesarean Sections. Despite being terrified of this very invasive surgery, she was really excited to be finally having her much longed-for baby - and she had been promised that everything would be fine now.

Do you know, everything was fine and she had a very healthy, adored daughter, cousin Catherine. What a wonderful place it it!

My mum had some of us in Rottenrow and some at home, so I was in awe of this beautiful hospital where there was a bright, cheery feeling and staff and patients were all so friendly. My lasting memory, though, of QM is of when I went to the toilet there. There was this funny wee low-down toilet, but it didn't have a cistern. It had a tap! When I asked Auntie Cathy what it was and what it was for, she replied, "That's a bee-day, hen. You wash your feet in it." It was years before I discovered what it was really for. I thought, "How posh!" We had an outside toilet and a tin bath in our Townhead tenement, but we always knew Auntie Cathy and Uncle Alec were posh - after all, they lived in Adamswell Street, Springburn, in a top floor flat with an inside toilet!

I think it's disgraceful to close this wonderful place without a replacement.
And, can I just say to the member of QM staff who posted, the powers that be may have no manners or respect, but all the people who have ever been admitted to or visited QM over the years are all very grateful.
mercgt Posted 15th Jan 2010, 07:56am
  I am disappointed that greater Glasgow and Clyde health board have decided in their INFINITE WISDOM to close the gold standard of maternity units. Where will mothers go now when their babies are born sick or early, they were always welcomed with open arms and a cuddle of support and comfort by the staff at the Queen Mothers' when their precious bundle required to be admitted to Yorkhill for care and attention, they will be separated from their child or have to risk their own lives by discharging themselves dangerously early to be near them. It is a step back in time NOT an improvement in maternity services for the 21st century as they wrongly suggest!! This is a tragedy and the public have been very badly misled, any excuse used by the health board to account for this closure could be shot down in flames especially the one about no intensive care services for mums at the QM. They used to be transferred to the western ITU by a specialised "shock team" now at the Southern General they will be put on a trolley and transferred in the back of a VAN!!! Who thought that one up and what medical training does the misguided bureaucrat have I wonder??? It is a Disgrace!!!
j.irvine bell Posted 15th Jan 2010, 12:57am
  mad.gif So the Queens Mums is closed. Yet again Glasgow and Clyde N.H.S. are not listening to either the professionals or the public. Just who are they responsible too? In my naivety I assume that they are answerable to the people of our City and the other areas within their remit! The closure of this young hospital, almost 50 years is young in these terms, which is so close to Scotland, if not Britains, finest and best childrens hospital, Yorkhill, is nothing short of beaurocratic madness. The self serving bean counters on this board must be brought to book before the people of Glasgow are left with only a shell of a PUBLIC service. They appear to ignore all logic and common sense by closing this hospital BEFORE a replacement is built. At least in their madness at relocating hospital clinics, ( see previous post on this subject ) the alternative locations, however geographicaly unsuitable, were in situ but this closure is so stupid it prompts disbelief. If the Scottish Government are the overseers of this organisation they would be as well to hold a public enquiry to ascertain the future of the health service in and around Glasgow as well as scrutinse those who serve on this board and who appear to have such totalitarian executive powers. The citizens would be better served if this organisation actually listened, gave thought to and acted upon what the professionals want and the public need.
sumac Posted 14th Jan 2010, 12:57pm
  Hi, everybody!

I am so sad to hear about Queen Mum's.

My only experience of the hospital was just after it opened. I'd be about 11 and my darling Auntie Cathy was in Queen Mum's. She had had 2 or 3 miscarriages previously but was now safely in Queen Mum's. She was to be given one of those new-fangled Caesarean Sections. Despite being terrified of this very invasive surgery, she was really excited to be finally having her much longed-for baby - and she had been promised that everything would be fine now.

Do you know, everything was fine and she had a very healthy, adored daughter, cousin Catherine. What a wonderful place it it!

My mum had some of us in Rottenrow and some at home, so I was in awe of this beautiful hospital where there was a bright, cheery feeling and staff and patients were all so friendly. My lasting memory, though, of QM is of when I went to the toilet there. There was this funny wee low-down toilet, but it didn't have a cistern. It had a tap! When I asked Auntie Cathy what it was and what it was for, she replied, "That's a bee-day, hen. You wash your feet in it." It was years before I discovered what it was really for. I thought, "How posh!" We had an outside toilet and a tin bath in our Townhead tenement, but we always knew Auntie Cathy and Uncle Alec were posh - after all, they lived in Adamswell Street, Springburn, in a top floor flat with an inside toilet!

I think it's disgraceful to close this wonderful place without a replacement.
And, can I just say to the member of QM staff who posted, the powers that be may have no manners or respect, but all the people who have ever been admitted to or visited QM over the years are all very grateful.
3ems Posted 14th Jan 2010, 12:49pm
  I was born in the queen mums almost 40 years ago and i had 2 of my children there, the youngest only 4 months ago. i also worked there during my nurses training and now i'm a staff nurse in yorkhill, the whole place is steeped in history and it's sad, it's had to close but it was falling to bits. maybe if they spent the money years ago that was needed, it would be a fit place still. call me cynical but it's prime building land with a precedent set by the tower, how much would they get for penthouse flats up there!! we're nowhere near getting a new sicks kids hospital though so they can't start any fancy flats for a while!

What i'd like to know though is, the land was gifted to the people of glasgow years ago so will the money go back to those same people when it's all sold?
breeks Posted 13th Jan 2010, 08:33pm
  I look at hearing this news from a different perspective and the sentiments I have for the hospital. I was working for the architects who designed the complex in the years leading up to Jan 1964.
It seems a little strange to hear of this relatively new building closing after only 46 years. Now, ironically, it seems that children are to be born in the Southern General, much of which is a lot older than the QMH!!

I was involved with the draughtmanship of many of the plans, plus some trips during construction to check on the survey work. I recall a visit some of us from the architect firm having to make soon after the QMH opened because of a curious flooring problem in one of the main passageways. We were shown a large patch where the thermoplastic tiles were completely chewed up by fashion of the day - stiletto heels! It seems that a heating duct which ran under that area of floor was not properly insulated, so that the heat from the duct had warmed up the tiles to a vulnerable state.

I'm sorry to hear the news. What was so wrong with the building that it couldn't be kept open until a replacement was in place? Sounds like bad planning to me!
Cash-Ma-Giro Posted 13th Jan 2010, 07:21pm
 
QUOTE (Sad Guest @ 13th Jan 2010, 10:30am) *
As a member of staff at the QMH, I have been appalled at the treatment of my colleagues by the management. Staff have been treated with little respect, without so much as a thank you for the years of service. An opportunity was there to do so on national TV by the head of midwifery! Momentos to commemorate the QMH have been commisioned and are available for sale, perhaps a token of thanks could have been reflected by a gift of a momento to the staff.

We all wish our clinical colleagues all the best in their new posts and will always have many memories of the QMH.

SAD.

Terribly sad to read, though typical of modern day managerial courtesy/etiquette.

I offer you my very best of good wishes and success for your future SAD

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