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Has it now been swallowed up by Birmingham Maternity Hospital? I had a quick look on the net, there doesnt seem much about it, although I didnt do any thorough searching. I can remember Carl Chinn having someone on his show, so maybe if you dropped him a line? you could email him perhaps?
Apparantly Carl Chinns latest magazine has a picture or pictures of the Sorrento? He talked about it today, I missed the relevent part of the show. I did hear him mention Miss Hallam the women who was responsible for delivering many babies during the fifties I think. I would definately contact Carl, he was born at the Sorrento, so he would be able to give you some info.
sorrento was a pioneering maternity hospital in very inauspicious premises-a large Victorian house with numerous extensions tacked on.
it had a world wide reputation for treating premature babies before this became routine DrMary or Victoria Crosse was the lady responsible for the 'sugar bag babies'. the hospital also set up a human milk bank which became a national service .i think Carl was born there
Hi Mary, my son in laws mother was born at Sorrento. We went there last night and it is now a lovely retirement home. If you go to this link you will see a very sad image of a once admired institution https://flickr.com/photos/danek/116583676/
Don't mind disclosing my age at all. We can hardly change it, can we? I was born at the Sorrento in 1949, my brother in 1947. It has been demolished now.
There are photos of the Sorrento on this site.
Funny I went to Sorrento Italy 2 years ago, because of where I was born, and fell in love with the place. Almost as if I belonged there!
Thank you for being so gracious. I remember my father telling me that he paid the princely sum of £5 (black market) for a bunch of grapes for my mother. When I am asked where I was born I just say Sorrento it sounds so grand!