Maternity staff reunion just the start

Hazel McGloin and Lyn Clyde with cheque for CHUF at Bellshill Maternity Reunion
Hazel McGloin and Lyn Clyde with cheque for CHUF at Bellshill Maternity Reunion

Nearly 150 staff from the former Bellshill Maternity Hospital gathered for their first reunion at the Castle Rooms in Uddingston.

Midwives, care workers, administration workers and doctors met up to reminisce about their time spent at the hospital which was opened by The Queen in 1962.

Over the decades staff delivered thousands of children from across the county including singer Sharleen Spiteri, footballer Ally McCoist and filmmaker Paul McGuigan before services moved to Wishaw in 2001.

The evening was organised by former staff midwife Hazel McGloin, who is now a staff nurse at Irvine Central Hospital.

Hazel, who worked in Bellshill from 1988-1999, initially set up a Facebook page to contact former colleagues and such was the level of interest that a reunion was the next step and every ticket sold out in a matter of days.

She said: “I moved away to Arran when the maternity shut and over the years I’ve thought a lot about my time working in the old maternity.

“I decided to set up the Facebook page and before long I had over 100 members and decided it would be lovely to meet up with a lot of friends and colleagues.

“The evening was a great success and we have now formed our own limited company, the Bellshill Maternity Association, and will raise funds by hosting two events, one formal and one informal, per year and we are also hoping to open a charity shop in Bellshill.

“This event raised £250 which will go towards the Children’s Heart Unit Fund on behalf of one of the midwives daughters who has been ill and we would like to thank everyone who took time to donate raffle prizes.”