Canadian Red Cross Memorial Hospital c1955, Taplow
Memories of Canadian Red Cross Memorial Hospital c1955, Taplow
Royal Canadian Hospital Taplow
I first knew the hospital when I was admitted there in 1956. It was a beautiful building. I have seen photos online of how it had been left to go to ruin. I have also heard it was going to be demolished for a housing estate. I find it quite sad that a building that has done so much could be just dismissed. I'm sure it could have been put to a worthy cause. When I was in the hospital I do remember one nurse - STAFF NURSE MARSDEN. I look forward to anyone else remembering this place. Sue.
My Local Hospital
This is the hospital that my first child was born in. The year was 1968 and you had to stay in for approximately 10 days. I was also born in this hospital in 1949. The building was very imposing and the staff were wonderful. The matron was very strict and as soon as she came onto the ward the nurses would be in awe of her.
Canadian Red Cross Hospital
I was born here in 1949, then both my children. The first in 1967 and the next in 1971. The maternity unit was around to the left in a seperate building. They were very strict about visiting times etc. The staff were great though. The hospital was also the centre for Childhood Rhumatoid Arthritis. The hospital has been knocked down and replaced with a closed gate housing estate.
Born And Raised Here
I remember this hospital, being born here. My mother told me it was a lovely summer's day until the day was drawing on and it turned windy and cloudy and a nasty thunderstorm. My mother had not a clue what to call me so the nurse who had delivered me said my mother 'Gail', so that's how I was named. My parents stayed there for a while and moved to High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. My mother fell pregnant again the following year and had my brother born at the Wycombe Shrubbery. It was a shame tht the Taplow Canadian War Memorial Hospital shut down as I wanted my son to be born there. I wished I could have taken a photo of this hosital before they pulled it down and find the nurse who helped me being born.
Taplow Canadian War Memorial Hospital
I would to hear anyone who was born in this hospital the same time as me in July 6th 1956, and any nurses and doctors etc that got me delivered. Please write to me by post.
Mrs Gail J Gray
17, Gunthorpe Road
My mother was called Mrs Diana Pitwell and my father was called Mr Walter Pitwell.
Pre Student And Nurse
I worked at the Hospital from 1954 to 1958. My first ward was the Rheumatic Fever Unit for children. Prof: Bywater. Chief Rheumatologist. I remember that the visiting hours were Sunday 2.00pm till 400pm. So hard for the little ones. I worked on all Wards 1 to 13. 12 and 13 were for TB patients as 1 and 2 for the Rheumatic Fever. It was a long walk from 1, 2, 3, to 12, 13, if on night duty you were a runner (given two Wards to work), I frequently had this job!! Some said it was 1/4 of a mile from one end to the other. NO RUNNING!! Miss Morris was the Matron, a very charming lady, I visited her at the hospital just before she died around 1961/2. I loved all aspects of nursing and enjoyed Theatre work too. The Sister was from Maidenhead and, as I recall, quite feared. I was lucky she was extremely kind to me. The Theatre Staff Nurse was a very attractive and... Read more
I Was Born Here in 1968
I don't have any photos, but it would be great to see more. I've only the name of the place on my birth certificate. It would be great to hear from anyone else who was born on 1968? I like the hospital photograph, I'm thinking it would look nice on my living room wall.
It Was Great in Its Time; May it Now RIP
I remember this hospital with great affection and gratitude. I was there for nearly 4 years as a student and then staff nurse 1966-1970. It was never ever called 'Royal', its title was The Canadian Red Cross Memorial Hospital. I lived as a student nurse in the nurses homes, Hitcham House and then Hitchambury House in my final year. The training for nurses was outstanding and stood me in good stead in my next 10 years as a sister in a well known London teaching hospital. It took me some years to value the training I had there and in some areas it was very progressive. I have few photos of the hospital and fellows nurses but those I have I treasure. The children with Still's disease haunt me still as some of them suffered greatly. In those days it still had a TB ward and we took home a pint of milk a day when working on this ward. The Matron was Mrs Hamblyn (spelling?) Deputy was Miss... Read more
I Was Born Here
I was born here in Febuary 1965 I have many a found memory of this hospital as on a rainy Sunday afternoon my father would drive from High Wycombe to Cliveden and show me this hospital, telling me that's where I was born. I'm sorry to here than it's no longer there.
Where I Was Born
I was born here in 1953, my oldest daughter was born 1972 & my youngest daughter 1977. Such a lovely hospital, great staff who looked after you well. I saw the photos of the building rotting away - it looked so sad, they left it for years such a shame. It's now a housing estate.... I do have fond memories of the Canadian Red Cross.
Borne in Taplow
I was born in this hospital on Valentines day 1949. My parents, Dutch, were working for family Blackmore, at Foxly Manor, Maidenhead, Holyport. Unfortunately, I have no memory about this period, as my parents took me back to Holland after about one and a half years. As far as I know, my father went back and finished his job for a few months. I was raised in the north of Holland city of Groningen. I got married in 1972, with my lovely wife Jenny, we have 3 sons, 2 daughters in law and 4 grand children, 1 girl and 3 boy's. The first time I have seen my place of birth was in October 1984, when I made a trip to England together with my father. At that time, the Hospital buildings were still there, allthough in very bad shape. My father was very sad about the state of the buildings. At that time it was impossible allready to enter. As far as possible, we have taken a few... Read more
Taplow Canadian Red Cross Memorial Hospital 1956
I was born in the Taplow Canadian Red Cross Memorial Hospital in 1956. My mother told me when I was about 11 years old how I got my first name; at that time Wycombe General Hospital, Wycombe Shrubbery, and Amersham General Hospital were fully booked so it was the Taplow Canadian Red Cross Memorial Hospital that had some spare beds. It was a hot arid summer that year in July 1956, the air was heavy. As the day passed by the weather turned and there was a mighty thunderstorm with thunder and lighting and the heavens opened up. My mother had no idea what to name me so the nurse told my mother that it was 'gale' force winds outside now after a heavy sticky hot day, so why don't you call your daughter Gail, so she did. My father had french somewhere in his ancestry, he mentioned to my mum we will call her Jacqueline. Today I ask people to call me Jack, Jackie or Jacqueline as I have... Read more
1963 And 1965unmarried Mothers
My mum had me in this hospital, as an unmarried mother. Before that she stayed in a home for unmarried mothers in Henley. Does anyone know anything about this home or experience it at this time?
I Was Born Here!
I had never seen a picture of this hospital till now, it does look like a beautiful building. I was born here in November 1981. I remember my mum telling me that it was snowing and even some snow falling through gaps in the ceiling. She said it was pulled down not long after that, but when I went to secondary school I remember meeting other students who were born there too. Including a close friend born in July 1982 so I imagine it must of been knocked down in 1982. It seems strange to be born in Taplow when my parents both came from Slough. My great grandma on my mother's side lived in Burnham. My great grandma's maiden name was Hutchins, and I believe they lived in the village for many generations back. One day I will get round to looking back at the family tree.
Visiting This Hospital in 1953?
I remember my father being in this hospital. He had scepticaemia. I was about 5 or 6 and my mother and grandmother were driven from Windsor to Taplow by a neighbour of my grandmother's. I would wait in the car in the hospital grounds for what seemed like ages whilst my mother visited and then my grandmother visited, separately. So I don't know what it was like inside - but have never forgotten this place and I think the grounds must have been quite large.
Birth of my First And Second Child
I had my first child in this hospital in 1968 then in July 1970, my second child was unfortunately a stillbirth at 32 weeks. I was not allowed to see my child and I never had a death certificate... I feel I was treated well with my first child, but felt my second child was brushed aside.
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