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    Western General history

    Looking for some help here.

    My American-based cousin was born in the Western General in 1975. He's coming over soon, for the first time as an adult, and I'd like to show him where he was born.

    None of the older members of the family can remember where the maternity unit was, and I haven't been able to find anybody at the WG who can help.

    So, your mission, Hibs.net.....etc etc.



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    Quote Originally Posted by CropleyWasGod View Post
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    Looking for some help here.

    My American-based cousin was born in the Western General in 1975. He's coming over soon, for the first time as an adult, and I'd like to show him where he was born.

    None of the older members of the family can remember where the maternity unit was, and I haven't been able to find anybody at the WG who can help.

    So, your mission, Hibs.net.....etc etc.



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    Both my kids were born in WG in late 80ís, would it have been the same building in 1975?
    It looked over towards the Beatson centre

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    https://www.nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk/G...estern_Map.pdf

    On page 3, think it was in the Andrew Donaldson building, looking onto the grey area, south of the Infectious diseases unit

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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy Whizz View Post
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    Both my kids were born in WG in late 80ís, would it have been the same building in 1975?
    It looked over towards the Beatson centre
    Possibly.

    An older building, on the right of Porterfield Road as you go up from Crewe Road South?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CropleyWasGod View Post
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    Possibly.

    An older building, on the right of Porterfield Road as you go up from Crewe Road South?

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    We definitely went in the Alexander Donald building, up the stairs and along the corridor

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    Good stuff, Billy, thanks.

    Will try and rattle my mum's memory banks with that.

    If anything else comes to mind, give me a shout.

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    I did my nurse training at the Western General from 1976-79 and had my son there in 1990 just before the maternity unit closed. Maternity was housed in the main hospital, entering at the clock tower on the first floor, towards the Crewe Rd South side over that time. The old building which has been replaced by the Anne Ferguson building was originally the nurses home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suse_hibs View Post
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    I did my nurse training at the Western General from 1976-79 and had my son there in 1990 just before the maternity unit closed. Maternity was housed in the main hospital, entering at the clock tower on the first floor, towards the Crewe Rd South side over that time. The old building which has been replaced by the Anne Ferguson building was originally the nurses home.
    Thanks for this.

    Any ideas what the maternity unit is now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suse_hibs View Post
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    I did my nurse training at the Western General from 1976-79 and had my son there in 1990 just before the maternity unit closed. Maternity was housed in the main hospital, entering at the clock tower on the first floor, towards the Crewe Rd South side over that time. The old building which has been replaced by the Anne Ferguson building was originally the nurses home.
    So was it the Clock Tower building Iím thinking of, not AD building
    Our 2nd one was born within 10 mins of getting in, no wonder I wasnít paying too much attention
    I do remeber looking out a window, facing towards Comely bank cemetery

    Thanks Crops for the thread, bringing many memories back!

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    Sorry no idea what is there now. I hardly recognise the place whenever Iíve recently been there. The whole first floor corridor under the clock tower was maternity and paediatric wards in the 70s and 80s though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CropleyWasGod View Post
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    Thanks for this.

    Any ideas what the maternity unit is now?

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    I think the old maternity unit is oncology now. Like someone else said, in the clock tower building, ward 11 would possibly be part of the old maternity unit I think.

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    I think the old maternity unit is oncology now. Like someone else said, in the clock tower building, ward 11 would possibly be part of the old maternity unit I think.
    Im thinking the same and maybe some offices and training rooms. Im sure ive done training in the clock tower bit

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    There will be some parts of the hospital haven't changed at all since your cousin was born, I'll bet. A very old-fashioned feel to much of the place... but what a cracking job they do in that place.

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    Thanks for all your help, folks. Hibs.net does it again.

    I've just been in the WG, and maternity was indeed on the first floor of the clock tower building.

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