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> Queen Mum's Maternity Hospital Closes, End of an era for maternity care in Glasgow
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post 12th Jan 2010, 10:51pm
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The Queen Mother's Hospital at Yorkhill is to close its doors for the last time tomorrow (Wednesday). The closure of the much-loved Glasgow maternity hospital, which brought over 160,000 Glesga weans into the world, will mark the end of a proud and innovative 46-year history.

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The Queen Mum visits the Queen Mum's on Wednesday, September 23, 1964.

For almost half a century the Queen Mum's played a pivotal role in the lives of many thousands of young families in Glasgow and the west of Scotland. In its day the hospital was responsible for many pioneering innovations in the field of maternity care, including important developments in ultrasound techniques to diagnose problems in the womb.

The 790,000 Queen Mum's was opened on a phased basis, and the first baby (James George Bryson McDonald Aitken Wright) was delivered on January 12, 1964, the day after the hospital opened, followed by 4766 other births during that first year.

HRH The Queen Mother personally put forward her own moniker as the hospital's name, and she officially opened her namesake maternity hospital in an official ceremony on Wednesday, September 23, 1964.

The closure of the famous baby hospital will result in more sick babies having to be shuttled across the city to receive urgent treatment, a move which has been widely condemned, and has drawn criticism from medical professionals who have expressed concerns that families will be separated at a very important time in the baby's, and mother's, development.

A replacement children's hospital in the city will not open until 2015. at the earliest.

A leading baby specialist has called for the name of the Queen Mother's to be preserved after services are transferred to the Southern General Hospital; however, the suggestion was quickly dismissed by officials at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde as "illogical and confusing".


Queen Mum's at Yorkhill today.

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post 12th Jan 2010, 11:23pm
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I only found out today when speaking to one of my Aunts that this Hospital was closing down.

We are always hearing how hard up the NHS is, so where does the money come from to build new Hospitals instead of modernising the older one's???

Apparently they are building a new childrens Hospital down near the Clyde.


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post 13th Jan 2010, 12:07am
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When I was pregnant with my first born I was sent there as the baby was was lying breach .They turned the baby and sent me home .On my way home nobody gave me a seat and as I held on to the overhead strap I felt the baby turn back .Sure enough my next visit to the clinic proved I was right .I was sent there three times before my son was born ( with the cord wrapped around his neck) .He was the first male child born into our family in over thirty years and thanks to the Queen Mum's hospital might not have made it .He's now a Granda and me a Great Granny .


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post 13th Jan 2010, 12:17am
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First Rottenrow Maternity Hospital, now Queen Mother's Maternity Hospital . Mmmmm.

I don't know if the rumour is true or not but I heard someone manufactures paperweights from the demolished brickwork of Rottenrow.
I wonder if the same will be manufactured from the brickwork of the Queen Mother's Maternity Hospital.

Perhaps because all my memories are with Rottenrow that I just can't visualize that happening.
Could be wrong, but it will be interesting to see if that manufacturer comes up with the same idea for the QMMH.



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post 13th Jan 2010, 12:49am
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This is a crying shame; possibly because diplomats kept funds away from a well known institution for to keep it running long enough until a replacement identity could start, no doubt. As for officialdom not wanting the name preserved, those responsible ought be hung, drawn and quartered for the Queen Mum was the only lady worth any respect at all in what was the Monarchy. Her daughter ain't worth a bar o' soap in my estimation!


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post 13th Jan 2010, 07:24am
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My son was born in the queen mum on the 18th sept 1964. We were there and met the queen mum. What a lovely lady. She stopped at everyone and had a chat. I think all the babies had been overfed . Not one awoke. Sorry to see it go.
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post 13th Jan 2010, 10:32am
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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.
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post 13th Jan 2010, 10:33am
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Hmmm. I wonder what they'll do with all that land in the west end? Do you think maybe it'll be sold for a huge amount of money to some property developer? Do you think it was the plan all along?
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post 13th Jan 2010, 11:39am
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My son was born at the QM in 1971 when we met a very nice member of staff called Ms Winifred Childs. Does anyone know what became of her. She was a bit special and we shall not forget her.
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post 13th Jan 2010, 12:55pm
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Came out the blue to me this, and brought a small lump to my throat in the process, when I heard this on the radio this morning. A close relative was a lecturer or somesuch in midwifery there for what seemed like an eon, so I grew up with stories of the place (was a Stobhill baby myself). As a result of the connection another close relative did the flower arrangements for the opening with the Queen Mum. Still have some of the pics I think.
Needless to say visited my sister and sister in law there when they gave birth to my nieces as well. True and of an era.
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post 13th Jan 2010, 02:59pm
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I had known the Queen Mothers was going to close for a long time but it did come as a shock to me that it was closing today. I too have a lump in my throat. I was born there, as were my three children. My first child died two days after she was born. She had a chromosomal abnormality and I can say that throughout what was the saddest experience of my life, the staff at the hospital were wonderful. In particular, I remember a lovely nurse called Rosemary (I've forgotten her surname) who took care of me and talked to me when I was feeling like I wanted to die. The staff did everything they could to make that awful time as bearable as possible. I gave birth to my other two children there and the staff knew that I was very frightened of the outcome. Again they helped me get through it and I now have two beautiful healthy daughters. I feel really sad to hear that the hospital is now closing for good.
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post 13th Jan 2010, 03:35pm
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I gave birth to my three kids at QMH, without them it might never have been possible. My first pregnancy was anancephaly and without doctor whittle I would have been a total cabbage, he and the rest of midwifery staff were brilliant and answered all my questions regarding deformities, monitored me closely with all subsequent pregnancies. I even took part in folic acid tests to prevent such abnormalities (spina bifida, which anancephaly is a severe form of).

I`m now a proud grandmother whos grandchild was born here. My daughter was seriously ill after giving birth, and they looked after her brilliantly. Is the same care going to be available elsewhere? Where are our kids to go now to have our grandkids? Somewhere further away no doubt!!!!!!
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post 13th Jan 2010, 05:25pm
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I had my daughter in the Queen Mums nearly 29 years ago...so sad to hear about the closure
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post 13th Jan 2010, 07:00pm
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This is all true:-
I was born in 1959, like my three siblings in 1359 Argyle St, not a quarter mile from the Q Mums. My mother and Father were both educated sorts but my mother always chose home delivery. Think it was the gin the GP brought along.

Anyhows, when the real Q mum came to open the hospital I my mum and wee bruv were waiting to cross Blantyre St heading to Partick. The limo was stopped and the old dear ushered us into the back to strangely shake our hands.The escorts slipped my mum a pound for "ice creams" for the children.

Most peculiar experience, and as an anti-royalist I review this event with strange affection. I can assure you I'm not havereing as the Mother and bruv still recall that day.


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post 13th Jan 2010, 07:21pm
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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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