BGH bash to mark 25 years of babies born

(Pictured left to right; Dr R Campbell, Dr B Magowan, Dr Q Menezes, Dr D Evans, Dr P Buchan, Dr I Lowles, Dr N Poulle, Dr C Martin, Dr F Rodger, Dr A Gordon and Dr J Evans)
(Pictured left to right; Dr R Campbell, Dr B Magowan, Dr Q Menezes, Dr D Evans, Dr P Buchan, Dr I Lowles, Dr N Poulle, Dr C Martin, Dr F Rodger, Dr A Gordon and Dr J Evans)

In the 25 years since the first baby was born at Borders General Hospital, its maternity unit has welcomed hundreds of children to the world.

And to celebrate a quarter-of-a-century of babies being born at the BGH, staff past and present from the maternity and gynaecology department came together recently to celebrate the anniversary.

It was in the summer of 1988 that the Queen officially opened the region’s new district general hospital, launching a new era for many of NHS Borders’ health care services and departments.

Among current and former staff who gathered together were consultants and midwives, and the event also welcomed guest speakers from various health boards to present on subjects that included the digital age, health care delivery and fertility preservation.

Dr Brian Magowan, NHS Borders consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, said the celebration had brought together those who all had been involved in bringing Borderers into the world over the past 25 years.

“Some of the babies born are now grown up and work for NHS Borders, and I look forward to seeing second and third generations born at the BGH giving back to our health service,” he said. Back in July, NHS Borders marked another important milestone for the BGH’s maternity unit with the birth of the first baby since the NHS turned 65.

Weighing in at 6lb 15 1/2oz, Lilith Mabon was born to proud parents Michaela Robson and Adam Mabon, shortly before 1am on Friday, July 5.

At the time, Michaela paid tribute to hospital staff: “NHS Borders provides a service that is always there when you need it – the staff should be very proud.”

And NHS Borders would like to hear from those born at the BGH in 1988, or who were among that first year’s patients. All are asked to contact NHS Borders with their stories at bordershb@borders.scot.nhs.uk