Happy 50th birthday to Paisley Maternity

Last month was the 50th anniversary of Paisley Maternity, now the Royal Alexandra Hospital Maternity Unit.

To celebrate this momentous achievement, staff and patients, past and present, enjoyed a birthday party on the 16 December, the date the first baby was born in the original Paisley Maternity Unit in 1969.

The day was an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of maternity services and recognise the changes in midwifery in the last 50 years.

Dorothy Finlay, who is Lead Midwife at the unit, has been a midwife for 37 years and has loved every minute of it.

She said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the whole team at the unit for the years of service to women in the Paisley area.

“It is 50 years of looking after mums both before and after they give birth.

“The team from the clinical staff to the domestic staff provide a world class service to local women and we should be immensely proud of the care and support we give to each and every woman who comes through the doors of the Royal Alexandra Hospital Maternity Unit.”

As well as staff, patients and babies, Councillor Lorraine Cameron, Provost of Renfrewshire, joined the celebrations with a word of thanks for everything the staff have done for the last 50 years to support mums to be across Renfrewshire.

The Community Maternity Unit was on the site before the main Royal Alexandra Hospital Maternity Unit opened its doors in 1988. The original unit had 112 beds and two places for private patients.

In 1988 the new Royal Alexandra Hospital was built with a new maternity unit and this is where, for the last 31 years women across Renfrewshire have given birth to their little bundles of joy.

As well as a birthday party the first 50 babies born on 16 December received a special commemorative bib as a keepsake.

Pictured top: Dorothy Finlay; Carol Wraith; Carol Anne Beatts; Lorraine Cameron, Provost of Renfrewshire; Linda Lang; Tricia Hyslop