Scottish Maternity Hospital Closes

A large hospital in Scotland has shut down after being open for almost fifty years and the first baby to be born at the maternity unit was there where he got a chance to meet the last baby to be born at the unit!

The Queen Mother’s maternity hospital located at Yorkhill in Glasgow opened on the 11th of January 1964.  The following day, the first child born in the newly opened hospital was forty six year old James Wright.  James, who is now a father of two children himself said that when he was born in January 1964 his mother received a silver cup from the hospital as she was the first person to have a baby there, something that she loved to tell people and was very proud of. 

A local paper, The Record, recently recorded his birth alongside the closing of the hospital with his picture in the paper along with his parents Nicholas and June Wright.  James went on to say that he was sad the place was closing down.

Hundred and Sixty Thousand Births

When the hospital first opened it was considered a modern maternity unit, one of only a few in Europe and was involved in training and research.  The hospital can boast that it had a total of around a hundred and sixty thousand births since opening its doors all those years ago.  Future babies born in Glasgow will now take place at the Princess Royal Maternity or the Southern General Hospital. 

Jackie Baillie, a Labour health spokeswoman who herself was born at the Queen Mum raised concerns about delays regarding construction within the other maternity units and while a lot of locals are concerned about their care in other hospitals now that the Queen Mum is closing, officials are insisting that patients will still receive a good quality of care elsewhere.

The last baby born was 7lb 15oz baby Marcie Macleod.  Marcie’s parents, Garri and Natalie were thrilled that their daughter’s birth will be marked in history.

The hospital is being closed down following an in-depth review of maternity services within Glasgow reducing the maternity hospitals to two rather than three.