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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.

GG.
Heather
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.
jakka13
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 .
Cash-Ma-Giro
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.

Rob Rattray
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!
MARY R
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.
Sad Guest
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.
*gordymac*
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?
*Bankie*
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.
kenomeat
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.
*MaryL*
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.
jax44
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!!!!!!
maureenl
I had my daughter in the Queen Mums nearly 29 years ago...so sad to hear about the closure
Kentigern
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.
Cash-Ma-Giro
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

cash
breeks
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!
3ems
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?
sumac
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.
j.irvine bell
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.
mercgt
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!!!
Maggie50
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.
Ricky G
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.
weebren3
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.
Rabbie
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.
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