Good morning.I was confined with T.B.Spine[1947-1950]The picture refered to shows some similarity but much earlier.The ward was on 2 levels[babies lower] and looking from the ward was the statue of Jesus at the fish pond.We shared in all the Saints days,watching the processions of the Sisters who during the day were our teachers.Sister Genavive is the only name I can recall[Black habit] and at the age of 7,thank to her,I was able to multiply,divide and square root,long hand,no calculators then,seven figure numbers.I can see now this was to keep me busy.Look forward to reply,Colin [[email protected]]Interesting, thank you. However, this is in a slightly different locatiion to where it was when I was there. It is behind the buildings so quite close. Amazing that it was in existence so long ago! Were you a patient there?
Is there anyone out there who was a patient or was connected with the hospital in the late 50s or early 60s?
Hello,Thank you for the input.[[email protected]]It all seems a long time ago now and I am 70years next.The 4year period was a long time in my life from 4 to 7.I do not rall any sead moments and generally felt happy,listening to Dick Barton on the radio,The Harry lime theme was the popular tune.One of the best past times was Maths with Sister Genieve who taught me multiplicvation/division/Square roots with 6figure numbers[no calculators then].I was restrained in a lying down position on a frame.Hot in the summer cold in the winter with the open front of the ward.[TB.Spine].Have had no trouble since Spinal Fusionin 1957 surgeon Mr W.G.Allen ,were you linked with him.Take care ,again many thanks,Colin SHi there I was really pleased to see your message. I was a Student Nurse at St Gerards in 1968 a bit after your date but I have some great memories of fellow students, Eileen Johnson, Kay Salmon, Steph Kilgannon and so many more. I remember most of the nuns others have mentioned, it was sad the see the pictures of the now dilapidated buildings it was a very good hospital when I was there and I have lots of stories about my time there.
I was a patient at the hospital in 1982 at the age of 13 years old,I was under Mr Piggot and had stapling of the left femur as I was born with one leg longer than the other!
I was a patient for 2 weeks and after my operation I had the best time ever as there was only myself and another teenage boy from coleshill (Steven Baker) and the 82 Espana world cup was on and the nurses allowed us to stay up to watch the games!!
I seem to recall a nurse Kerr?
They used to wheel me over to the physio dept most mornings until I could raise my leg off the bed to be discharged for a family wedding.
I have browsed a few photos of the hospital today and have seen the bath that I had to have a salt bath in on the morning of the operation,that was a blast from the past .
It was a great hospital and all of the nurses were superb,the nuns were a little more strict!!