The first babies were born in the Southern General’s £28 million redeveloped maternity unit on 9 December 2009, marking the completion of the Unit's refurbishment; a milestone of the ambitious strategy to improve services for mothers and children across the city.
Among its world-class facilities is the brand new foetal medicine department providing specialist diagnostic facilities and treatment to unborn babies from across Scotland. The hospital is also a national centre for certain specialist services for newborn babies and provides state-of-the-art intensive care services.
The Maternity building will be physically linked to the new children’s and adult hospitals via a walkway bridge.
The development includes a large three storey extension to the pre-existing maternity unit, offering mums and their babies the very best in terms of accommodation and access to the latest equipment and technology.
The unit is also the first piece in the jigsaw that will see a truly gold standard of healthcare on the Govan site with maternity, children’s and adult acute services all together when the new £800million South Glasgow Hospital Campus is completed in 2015.
The opening of the unit enabled maternity services at the former Queen Mother’s Hospital to transfer to the Southern General and the Princess Royal Maternity in early 2010 and completed the move from three Glasgow maternity units to two.
The redeveloped maternity boasts a number of world class facilities for women and babies from across the city and beyond. These include:
Further work will provide modern, attractive accommodation for day care, assessment and early pregnancy advisory services.
It is anticipated that there will be around 5,500 births at the new redeveloped Southern Maternity each year.