This ward looks like Ward 4 secound floor which I was in from november 1945 to March 1946. The window far distance left shows a small ward, the person on the right is a ward maid and the member of staff on the left is standing by the windows which opened the full length of the ward. The tables and chairs where outside another sideward.
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.
You might be interested to know that that nurse became Theatre Superintendent, I trained there in late sixties/early seventies. She was a bit scary but very fair!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!.
I was aware that it was my sisters fault. She was always much brighter than me so I always lived in her shadow- Grammar school (Oldbury Grammar)-university (Manchester U). I had to make do with Sec Mod (Four Dwellings) & Smethwick Tech but I did manage to get an HNC. Unfortunately my sister died at at age 58 so never managed reach retirement.Thanks, I am sure you may know this already but for anyone else who is interested it would have been the birth of your sister who triggered the rhesus response in your mom.
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