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Selly Oak Hospital

Vivienne14

Super Moderator
Staff member
image.jpeg The main block in .c1910 compared with the current day building. The tower has lost its cupolas. Looks like some sort of ventilation for the main block. Viv.
 

Speedy23

master brummie
Spent a few nights in there when I broke my arm (radius AND ulna) in Daisy Farm Park in 1961......they set it but it didn't knit correctly so I had to have it broken again (ouch)!
 

Vivienne14

Super Moderator
Staff member
Hi Speedy. Not a good experience, although hopefully you were well cared for in there.

Hi Janice. Good to hear they're keeping the listed buildings. The site is so vast, I doubt developers could make a convincing case for clearing the whole site, so that's promising. Viv.
 

Jayell

master brummie
Thank you for those great photos Viv. Guess a lot of us have a connection with Selly Oak Hospital. I know my granddad died in there in 1945. Judy
 

davidk

Brummie babby
This was what I saw 0n 6th June when I passed the Hospital on my way from Pembroke to Skipton !! Being my old neck of the woods I had to deviate my journey to get an update on my home ground form years ago. This block of the Hospital is Selly Oak Hospital.JPG where my sister spent a month in 1944 with a burnt bottom after sitting on an unguarded electric fire !! There was absolutely no visiting during that period!
 

Vivienne14

Super Moderator
Staff member
Thanks for the update David and welcome to the forum. Your sister's burns sound very uncomfortable. Doubtless she remembers it all very clearly. Hope you enjoy the forum. Viv.
 

anvil man

master brummie
Thanks for the update David and welcome to the forum. Your sister's burns sound very uncomfortable. Doubtless she remembers it all very clearly. Hope you enjoy the forum. Viv.
Thank you Viv for your favourable comments, however, I am anvil man and have been on the Forum for a few years now. When the provider changed I became slightly confused with the set up and experimented with the new system, hence the appearance of the different name. I seem to have come to terms with the system and more often than not enter as "anvil man".
 

Ray T

master brummie
My father had a heart valve operation in Selly Oak Hospital in 1961. A very tricky op in those days and he died within a few years. I remember my older my sister and me amused ourselves in a wooden gazebo affair in the grounds while Mother visited him. The days were hot and there was the smell of wood polish in the gazebo. I also recall red sandstone rock outside and elm trees everywhere.

Ray T.
 
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Snowball

master brummie
I have the distinction of having been born in Selly Oak Hospital in 1943. My father was a volunteer driver with the St. Johns Ambulance Brigade and was very often driving victims of the bombing raids on Birmingham to Selly Oak Hospital and would take the opportunity to see my mother whenever he could. It was not a fun time in Birmingham in 1943 and Selly Oak Hospital received lots of victims of the bombing raids.
 

Robert Ensor (bob)

master brummie
Threads 3 years old, but that's where I was born in 56, had a broken wrist fixed from playing football in the school yard, also got my shin stitched up12 of them still got the scar after slipping try to jump up a 3 foot wall at the island in West Heath.

All those walls with white tile and I can smell the place to this day.
 

Radiorails

master brummie
Before 2014, 1949 in fact:
I think there are a couple of threads about this hospital.
 

JonnyH

proper brummie kid
I worked at SOH in 84/5 before moving to QEH then the Matty (Womens) and my wife trained and worked as a nurse there from 1986 to close and relocation to the QE. She recognises a couple of the wards pictured above and managed a couple of them. I was actually born at SOH and after starting work there, joined the cricket and football teams who I continued to play for after I'd left. I had many a great wednesday evening playing 20 overs a side cricket on the pitch by the nurses home.
 
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ellbrown

ell brown on Flickr
The new housing at The Oak near Oak Tree Lane and Raddlebarn Road looks all complete from the bus.

Meanwhile this building is still visible on Oak Tree Lane.

 
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currerbell

knowlegable brummie
My grandad Roy Winfield was born here in 1932, though it states Raddlebarn Road on his birth certificate. Love seeing the photos in this thread...
 

currerbell

knowlegable brummie
I know some people who were born in workhouses hospitals just had the address written on their birth certificate so they wouldn't feel shame when they were older...
 
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