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Birmingham Children’s hospital

dottieau

master brummie
A little question I was looking on a map of Birmingham and the children s hospital looks to be on the site of the General Hospital. Where was the other children s hospital I think we used to catch a bus that went up Broad Street. Could some one answer this for please.
 

Ray Barrett

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN R.I.P.
Dot,
It was near Five Ways ( Ladywood Rd.) across the road from Tesco.The facade is still there.
 

pollypops

master brummie
Here it is. The road is now called Ladywood Middleway, B16.
You can still see the Childrens Hospital sign in the stonework above the door. Sorry it is a bit distorted but it is the way the google street camera has joined it together.
Polly :)
 

dottieau

master brummie
Ray, Guilbert53 and Polly thanks for your replies I must say the area is really changed from the days when I used to go to the hospital as a child.But then the whole of Birmingham is so different to how I remember it.
 

johndavies

master brummie
The front of the hospital is a grade 2 listed building, hence why it had to be incorporated in the leisure complex. As far as I am aware, the frontage never housed patients but contained the boardroom and administration offices. The main ward block was attached behind the frontage with an infectious disease ward set apart. In the 1940s, a new baby block named after Leonard Parsons was built at the back of the hospital.
 

michaelr

New Member
I went to the Childrens hospital in the fifties and sixties, for treatment for a lazey eye, which consisted of resting my chin on a chin rest and looking through two viewers, which the nurse put slids in the viewers and bringing the slids together.
I remember going in the entrance round the back of he hospital in Francis Road, Ladywood .
michaelr
 

dottieau

master brummie
HI Michaeir I just had to reply to your post as I used to go there for my eyes. I still remember so well the test the rabbit with the bunch of flowers and you had to move them. i guess it was some sort of exercise for you eyes.
 

Ray Barrett

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN R.I.P.
One of my grandsons had a liver transplant there when he was 11 months old.They took such great care of him,and when the hospital moved too the old general,his after care still continued.He is now a 6ft. 14 year old and tougher than both his elder rugby playing brothers.At his most recent check up,the Dr.asked if he had any questions, his only question being..."will it affect my sex life?":rolleyes:,my daughter was mortified,but the lady doctor said,"don't worry, I have been asked that before.
Wonderful caring people doing a great job...bless em'.:).
 
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sylviasayers

master brummie
Ray, what a wonderful outcome for your grandson, we sometimes knock the NHS but overall they do a grand job.

When I was about 3 years old I was taken to the Children's Hospital with gastro enteritis, the only thing I remember is the frieze round the walls with paintings of animals, the one that sticks out is of a giraffe (must have been his long neck) !"!!!!
 

celia

master brummie
when i was 7 years old which (was about 1977 ish) i spent 2 weeks in the childrens hospital to have my tomsils out
i remember the food being not very nice and being bored silly while i was there lol

but i do remember most is lying awake in bed and counting the chimes on a clock i could hear
so im not sure if the hospital was some where in the cemtre of town or the one thats in ladywood midleway
 

Louis Dalby

The Ham Man
I was in the " Children's from December 1945 to February 1946 ( Ward 3) before being moved to " Moseley Hall where I stayed till July 1946. My Doctor was Mr Stammers, I will always be grateful for the treatment I received there and later ( c 1956) at the General.
 

old sutton roader

proper brummie kid
RE; CHILDRENS HOSPITAL

I was in ward 3 of the childrens in May 1958, having my appendix out. The doctor who performed the op, it was his first operation on his own, and the nurse who looked after me was Maureen Evans, and it was her first time in the theatre. I can always remember him telling her if she was going to faint to leave the theatre, as you can imagine it filled me with a lot of confidence. I am pleased to say that everything went well!.
 

jukebox

Engineer Brummie
I had my appendix removed at the Children's in 1950. The experience was not a happy one - it was the first time I had ever been away from home (I was 9) and visitors were not permitted then so I didn't see my parents for 10 days. They used to wake us up for breakfast very early (about 5.30 if I remember correctly) by turning the lights on and whistling very loudly. They still used chloroform as the anaesthetic. The only highlight was seeing a banana for the first time!
 

Louis Dalby

The Ham Man
I had my appendix removed at the Children's in 1950. The experience was not a happy one - it was the first time I had ever been away from home (I was 9) and visitors were not permitted then so I didn't see my parents for 10 days. They used to wake us up for breakfast very early (about 5.30 if I remember correctly) by turning the lights on and whistling very loudly. They still used chloroform as the anaesthetic. The only highlight was seeing a banana for the first time!
With reference to my last post I was in the same ward has Jukebox but in 1945 and yes from the December to when I was moved to Moseley Hall where visiting was just has tight I saw my Mum and Dad once a fortnight I did not leave Moseley Hall till the following July. I think the night staff had the job of giving us our breakfast and has they went off at 7.00 it had to be completed before the day team came on duty. I had my UPS ( Christmas 1945 ) and Downs but they saved my life and I will always be grateful for that.
 

mike jenks

master brummie
hi

it only seems minutes ago as i limped into drs sueters surgery at green lane
castle bromwich with a high temp. 60 years ago i was sent straight to the
childrens hospital screaming and kicking. poor chap who carried me in.
straight into a room and i was plastered from head to toe and laid in a bed.
it was plaster of paris but adhesive white tape so i could move around. little did i know i was in a
intial polio analysis room. kids came in and out i lay there for 3 weeks.
at the end a dr came in looked at my charts and said you can go home.
the nurses then peeled off the tape it was agony but going home wow.
the next day mom and dad picked me up.
i was one of the lucky ones loads perished from those polio epidemics

mike jenks
 
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Wendy

Guest
What a great insight into childrens care at this time. I remember children taken ill with Polio it was quite scary. I have just finished a book about a district nurse in the 50's what a difference from today. As has been said we must be greatful to the doctors and nurses for saving so many young lives.
 
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Stitcher

Guest
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This excavation work was the start of a new block for babies at the Children's Hosptital. Photo late 30s.
 
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