The operating theatres were enlarged and a
large house in Tettenhall Road, adjacent to the hospital provided a
post-operative annexe with 18 beds. A unit of 17 special care baby
cots was also built. The total number of beds in the hospital was
now 122 and the hospital was recognised by the Central Midwives
Board as a training centre for part 2 S.C.M.
In the immediate post-war period Mr. J.C.
Newbold joined the staff, remaining until 1972. He proved to be an
indefatigable figure in women’s services. Dr. H. Everley Jones,
Consultant Paediatrician at the Royal, was appointed in charge of
neonatal services and the Royal and Women’s hospitals combined fully
in the provision of training for medical and nursing staff.
A further small maternity unit named The
Beeches opened in Tettenhall Road. Progressively, work at the
Women’s Hospital proliferated through the 1950s and 1960s and it was
decided that provision for a new enlarged premises was necessary.
The situation was eased by the use of maternity beds at New Cross
Hospital. This was in line with Government edicts that all new
births should take place in hospital, to reduce the high infant
mortality rate, particularly evident in the West Midlands.
The New Cross Hospital site was eventually
chosen and a new maternity unit opened there in 1971. It was opened
by Princess Anne, and within three years, gynaecological services
were transferred here from the West Park site.
West Park Hospital now became a centre for the
care of geriatric patients, ending over 70 years of medical
excellence for women, on the site.