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Queen Mother's maternity hospital closes doors

Queen Mother's Maternity Hospital at Yorkhill
About 160,000 babies were delivered at the Queen Mum's

The Queen Mother's Hospital in Glasgow is due to close as part of a city-wide revamp of maternity services.

The site, at Yorkhill, was one of the most modern maternity hospitals in Europe when it opened in 1964.

About 160,000 babies were born at the hospital, which helped pioneer the use of innovations such as four-dimensional "real time" ultrasound scans.

Maternity services in Glasgow will now be centred at the Southern General and Princess Royal Maternity.

The £790,000 Queen Mother's was opened on a phased basis, and the first baby was delivered on 12 January 1964, the day after the hospital opened.

In its 46-year history the Queen Mother's Hospital has played an important part in helping to shape and develop maternity services
Robert Calderwood

A further 4,766 births followed during its first year.

HRH The Queen Mother personally suggested the new hospital's name and she officially opened it on 23 September 1964.

The hospital played a key role in research and undergraduate and post-graduate teaching.

It was also responsible for innovations such as establishing a neonatal transition paediatric transitional care unit in 1993 and the very first breast-feeding workshop for Asian mothers in 2000.

Robert Calderwood, chief executive of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (GGC), said: "In its 46-year history the Queen Mother's Hospital has played an important part in helping to shape and develop maternity services.

"Over this period, maternity services in Glasgow have developed from seven small obstetric units to two state-of-the-art large modern facilities in 2010 where the legacy of innovation in maternity services can be continued."

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