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Genealogy & Contacts => Old Friends & Contacts => Marple Childrens Orthopaedic Hospital "Treetops" => Topic started by: liz appleby on January 03, 2009, 10:54:05 AM

Title: Marple Childrens Orthopaedic Hospital
Post by: liz appleby on January 03, 2009, 10:54:05 AM
I am trying to find anyone who had contacts or knows anything about the Marple Childrens Orthopaedic Hospital in Dale Road Marple, also anyone who would know a Jackie who was in Nab Top Sanitorium
Title: Re: Marple Childrens Orthopaedic Hospital
Post by: jennyfra on August 04, 2009, 10:48:31 PM
I was a pre-nursing student bewtween 1963 -1965 and would like to see if anyone else from that period remembers me.

jenny francis (nee Williamson)
Title: Re: Marple Childrens Orthopaedic Hospital
Post by: Chippychap on August 27, 2009, 09:50:13 PM
I was a patient in the orthopaedic hospital around about '64-'66.
I was admitted aged 8.
Names I remember were Nurse Mason and the lad in the next bed was Charles White from Bredbury.
I had Perthes and was immobilised on a "frame" for eighteen months as a patient of Dr Bolton.
I remember the teacher reading from a book called "Pirates from the deep green sea"
We had film shows, the one I remember was "The magic marble"
Funny what you remember when you spring clean inside your head.  ::)
Title: Re: Marple Childrens Orthopaedic Hospital
Post by: liz appleby on September 02, 2009, 02:56:20 PM
Good to hear of your experiences, Chippychap. I was in the hospital in the 50s. I was on a frame, too, with TB spine. I remember a Sister Mason. We also had films once a month on a Wednesday and fish and chips for our tea on that day as it was the cooks day off!! I really enjoyed them.
Title: Re: Marple Childrens Orthopaedic Hospital
Post by: Chippychap on September 02, 2009, 03:36:29 PM
Bless you for your memories liz.

I also remember the "verandah" where a row of beds were sited.
That seems to be on the photographs.
There was also a "do" at Manchester Town Hall, me and Charles White
were loaded into the back of his dads Ford Transit, which he used for his veg shop,
and carted on the frames to the shindig.

Go on Liz, have a root through the grey matter.

Take care

Ken
 
Title: Re: Marple Childrens Orthopaedic Hospital
Post by: admin on September 04, 2009, 08:13:47 AM
We've been provided with a great new photo in the Virtual Tour of a ceremony outside the hospital with Matron giving / receiving a cake some time around 1947-49. There is a larger version available if you click on the standard sized image.

http://visitmarple.co.uk/photos/displayimage.php?pos=-3244

If you can add any names (Matron?) or other details please let us know.
Title: Re: Marple Childrens Orthopaedic Hospital
Post by: liz appleby on September 14, 2009, 11:31:08 AM
photos are brilliant, Mark, where did you get them from? I was in in 1954/1955. I don,t think it was Matron Parkinson unless her hair had changed colour. It could have been her but I thought her hair was fairish gold.  We had Sister Gordon who got in towering rages and we were all afraid of her. After some time a big scene blew up and she was found out. There was abig enquiry and she got the sack and was told she must never work with children again!!! I think my friend was in when Wilfred Pickles was there. She's trying to recall but she was only 6 years old at the time. I hope to remember more and find out more But interested to know where you got the photos from. Best wishes Liz
Title: Re: Marple Childrens Orthopaedic Hospital
Post by: admin on September 14, 2009, 06:07:45 PM
The new one came via Marple Local History Society from a lady who worked there as a nurse. She was called Joan (don't know her maiden name) and is now in her 80s. She says she was there between 1947 and 1949 to do a pre-nursing course and "all of us 'nurses' were between the ages of 16 and 18 getting some experience before doing SRN training at age 18." Joan has another photo of seven nurse that we are hoping she will send through.

The square ones from the 30s I purchased from a chap in Bredbury who I had brought some local negatives from in an ebay auction. I ended up giving him extra money for the hospital ones that he hadn't put on ebay yet because I thought it was important that they were shared with as many people as possible. He felt the same so didn't charge me too much  ;D

Most of the others came from Coral Dranfield, who I think worked there in more recent years. Coral is now the Secretary of Stockport Heritage Trust.

  
Title: Re: Marple Childrens Orthopaedic Hospital
Post by: admin on September 05, 2010, 09:59:19 AM
It has just occurred to me that some of our visitors with an interest in the Orthopaedic Hospital possibly don't visit very often but may have a "notification" set up when something is posted in this section of the forum. Just in case, I'm posting a link to the most recent images from the hospital added to the Virtual Tour recently: http://visitmarple.co.uk/photos/thumbnails.php?album=lastup&cat=29
Title: Re: Marple Childrens Orthopaedic Hospital
Post by: Chippychap on September 05, 2010, 10:52:56 AM
Thank you for the updates Mark.
Must admit I am guilty of only watching this thread as the hospital is my only connection with Marple.
Title: Re: Marple Childrens Orthopaedic Hospital
Post by: admin on September 05, 2010, 11:08:24 AM
No need to feel guilty - and thank you for confirming that it works! I'll try to ensure I post here too if there are any new pictures in the future. I hope Liz is watching this section in the same way.
Title: Re: Marple Childrens Orthopaedic Hospital
Post by: Chippychap on September 05, 2010, 11:51:23 AM
I'll tell you what struck a chord with me.
Page 2 on the photographs, top row and 2nd from the left is a young lad who appears to
be fixed to a "frame". It was this apparatus that I was fixed to for about 15 months.
Legs apart and fastened from ankle to chest on this board.
Amazing the things that rattle loose the memories.
Thank you.
Title: Re: Marple Childrens Orthopaedic Hospital
Post by: admin on October 31, 2010, 10:08:25 AM
I've added some photos to the Treetops Album of a chap called Ken Chaisty who stayed there between 1949 and 1951. Ken would love to hear from anyone who was at the hospital at the same time as he was.

http://visitmarple.co.uk/photos/thumbnails.php?album=lastup&cat=-56
Title: Re: Marple Childrens Orthopaedic Hospital
Post by: admin on November 06, 2010, 05:32:28 PM
I've now obtained permission from Ken Chaisty to add his letter to Hilary Atkinson, Chair of Marple Local History Society, to the main web site. It is now part of the Heritage articles page and at the moment is the new main feature on the home page: www.marple-uk.com/Marple.htm
Title: Re: Marple Childrens Orthopaedic Hospital
Post by: My login is Henrietta on November 19, 2010, 06:13:03 PM
I am trying to find anyone who had contacts or knows anything about the Marple Childrens Orthopaedic Hospital in Dale Road Marple, also anyone who would know a Jackie who was in Nab Top Sanitorium
Don't know whether this is interesting to anyone but here goes.

In the late 1950s the Childrens Orthopaedic took on the treatment of children affected by the Thalidomide debacle.

My grandmother was friendly with the then Matron (I can't remember her name but it wasn't Matron Parkinson. She may have been Welsh as IIRC she later retired to somewhere near Denbigh in N. Wales.) and I used to be roped in to visit children who didn't have visitors. I would have been about 9 or 10 when I used to visit a toddler (again, I can't remember his name) who had hands and feet but no arms and legs. He was lovely little boy with a shock of strawberry blonde hair and fat rosy cheeks. His Mother had apparently abandoned him - couldn't cope with the situation I suppose. I've often wondered what became of him. He'd be in his 50s now.

The Orthopaedic also took on rehab for children who had contracted polio in the epidemic in the mid 1950s and I remember visiting a class mate, Celia Fenton (?) there.
Title: Re: Marple Childrens Orthopaedic Hospital
Post by: admin on January 24, 2011, 07:48:20 PM
For those of you who monitor this topic form changes, just to let you know that we have a couple of new pictures of staff at the hospital: http://visitmarple.co.uk/photos/thumbnails.php?album=lastup&cat=-56
Title: Re: Marple Childrens Orthopaedic Hospital
Post by: liz appleby on February 08, 2011, 03:49:04 PM
Dear Henrietta, There was a Celia in Marrple whhen I went in. I think it may have been her. I think she had TB hip but she was only in for 3 months for awhile she was in the next bed to me. I was a bit upset whwn she was discharged because I had to stay in so much longer. It's all water under the bridge now but well done for the visiting that you did. Liz
Title: Re: Marple Childrens Orthopaedic Hospital
Post by: liz appleby on February 08, 2011, 04:02:50 PM
Dear Mark, I rememember Miss Swinfinn. She was an auxiliary nurse and we called her Swinny. This was in the mid 50s. Also Matron Howie used to be asister on the boys ward. Thanks for all the tireless work and memories. Liz
Title: Re: Marple Childrens Orthopaedic Hospital
Post by: My login is Henrietta on February 13, 2011, 06:53:32 PM
Dear Henrietta, There was a Celia in Marrple whhen I went in. I think it may have been her. I think she had TB hip but she was only in for 3 months for awhile she was in the next bed to me. I was a bit upset whwn she was discharged because I had to stay in so much longer. It's all water under the bridge now but well done for the visiting that you did. Liz
She had polio and when she came back to school she had a caliper for a while
Title: Re: Marple Childrens Orthopaedic Hospital
Post by: sue149 on February 15, 2011, 08:05:11 PM
i was in marple hospital in the early 60s i remember a nurse moon i think she was called i was under a doctor called dr weeble or something like that not sure if he was the doctor i saw at ashton hospital it would be great to hear old stories.i remember doing a show and we did a poem about a naughty girl i was the girl i remember having to throw a teddy at some one i was on a frame so never came out of bed for a long time
Title: Re: Marple Childrens Orthopaedic Hospital
Post by: admin on February 15, 2011, 08:17:28 PM
Welcome Sue!

You have probably found it already but just in case you haven't, here's a link to the Treetops album on the Virtual Tour: http://visitmarple.co.uk/photos/thumbnails.php?album=56
Title: Re: Marple Childrens Orthopaedic Hospital
Post by: liz appleby on April 10, 2011, 10:43:52 AM
Dear Mark, Did GeorgeWm get my email. I,m not sure. Can,t get right punctuayion on comp. Please let me know because it took me so long to do it. Someone left the cake out in the rain
Title: Re: Marple Childrens Orthopaedic Hospital
Post by: admin on April 10, 2011, 02:08:22 PM
Dear Mark, Did GeorgeWm get my email. I,m not sure. Can,t get right punctuayion on comp. Please let me know because it took me so long to do it. Someone left the cake out in the rain

Sorry Liz, I'm not sure I understand your message - who is George Wm? And why would I know if he'd got you email? I've had a look through the other topics and can't see anything that relates to this.

Mark
Title: Re: Marple Childrens Orthopaedic Hospital
Post by: liz appleby on April 10, 2011, 03:04:11 PM
Dear Mark, If you look on my messages, you will see thatGeorgeWm is amember. Lives in Pensyllvania and has contacted me through the Web Site.I have tried to message back to him but not sure if it went. He was trying to find someone who had been in the Marple Sanitorium, when he first contactedme. We have become friends since.Itried to send amessage back but not sure if it went. Best wishes to you enjoy the sunshine Liz
Title: Re: Marple Childrens Orthopaedic Hospital
Post by: admin on April 10, 2011, 03:49:10 PM
Thank you - just about to light the BBQ!

I can't see your personal messages, or anyone else's. I can tell you that George last logged in to the site on March 10th and if you're message was sent before that he should have seen it. If in doubt I would send again.
Title: Re: Marple Childrens Orthopaedic Hospital
Post by: My login is Henrietta on April 14, 2011, 05:18:26 PM
Dear Henrietta, There was a Celia in Marrple whhen I went in. I think it may have been her. I think she had TB hip but she was only in for 3 months for awhile she was in the next bed to me. I was a bit upset whwn she was discharged because I had to stay in so much longer. It's all water under the bridge now but well done for the visiting that you did. Liz
She had polio and when she came back to school she had a caliper for a while
Lz, I heard today that Celia died 3 years ago after a period of illness. She would have been about 59
Title: Re: Marple Childrens Orthopaedic Hospital
Post by: Rusty on October 04, 2012, 04:15:17 PM
I was a patient in Marple Dale hospital in 1968, my name then was Mary Hyde, I had t.b. in my knee, looking at all the pictures in brought back some memories, both happy and sad.  

I remember mr. Wheble who was the surgeon I was under and and also went to see him in Ashton hospital when I was discharged from Marple, I was in Marple six months and then was in Ashton for another six months and was under the care of mr. Wheble until he retired.

I would love to hear from anybody who was there at the same time either patients or staff.
Title: Re: Marple Childrens Orthopaedic Hospital
Post by: admin on February 12, 2021, 11:58:26 AM
Mary Dovey (nee Wallace) - seen 2nd right in this photo receiving a donation of sweets on behalf of MCOH - spent 7 months in 1957 as a Pre-Nursing Student at Marple Children's Orthopaedic Hospital (Treetops) before moving to Cardiff and SRN training. Mary has shared several images of herself with patients and other staff at the hospital and on a trip to Blackpool during her stay, which have been uploaded to the Marple Children's Orthopaedic Hospital album on the Marple Website Virtual History Tour this morning:

https://visitmarple.co.uk/photos/thumbnails.php?album=lastup&cat=-56 (https://visitmarple.co.uk/photos/thumbnails.php?album=lastup&cat=-56)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EuBgT_vWQAA0Ekf?format=jpg&name=medium)