Ballochmyle Hospital memories relived

Ballochmyle Hospital memories relived

There are 25 comments on the Kilmarnock Standard story from Aug 31, 2009, titled Ballochmyle Hospital memories relived. In it, Kilmarnock Standard reports that:

A MUCH loved and much missed hospital. That's Ballochmyle - once an important general hospital.

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Phyllis wood

Glasgow, UK

#22 Jul 6, 2014
I remember visiting my wee papa in Ballochmyle Eddie Murphy when he was got his legs amputated. The nurses were amazing.x
carolanne

Glasgow, UK

#23 Aug 19, 2015
My mum worked in the canteen here for quite a few years. Jeanie McNair was her name.
Lorraine Duncan Steele

Toronto, Canada

#24 Nov 3, 2016
Valerie Cooper wrote:
I was a patient at Ballochmyle Hospital as a child in the fifties and early sixties.My ward overlooked the nurses' home. I remember playing on the veranda attached to the ward.On your way to the theatre, you would be reassured, by being told you were going to see Mickey Mouse!
I have fond memories of Ballochmyle and recently visited. I took a walk down memory lane towards the nurses' home and along the main entrance to the gate. I picked some Scot's Pine cones, the seeds of which I am going to plant to remind me of my childhood and the lovely people I met there. One lovely person in particular, was plastic surgeon, Doctor Mustardy.
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My name is Lorraine Duncan and my sister Doreen and I have lived in Canada for over 40 years now. During the 50’s & 60’s we had quite a few plastic surgeries at Ballochmyle Hospital to repair our clefting. Ward 16 was the Children’s Ward and we remember being told by the orderlies who would wheel us up to the Operating Room that we were about to see some wonderful cartoons in the Theatre! As adults we were in Ward 15 and both those wards had verandas that overlooked Ballochmyle house. We used to go part-way down Jacob’s ladder nearby, which always fascinated us. I took my husband to visit Ballochmyle in 1993 all the way from Canada and we found Jacob’s Ladder which was by then somewhat overgrown with foliage! There was a Sister-Nurse Anderson in Ward 15 and she was very kind to us, as we were a long way from our home in Aberdeen. Our mother travelled with us when we were children and when I was a teenager I can remember taking the train to Glasgow, the bus to Kilmarnock followed by another bus to Mauchline by myself. It was a long journey! We had an Uncle Jim from Troon who used to visit us on Sundays and we always looked forward to that! Some of the surgeons I remember are: Jack Mustarde, Jack Tough, Tom Gibson, Dr. Stephen Plumpton and Dr. Steven Dobie. All were very skilled doctors in the field of plastic & reconstruction surgery and will always be entirely grateful to them. I have a vivid memory of November 1963 when I had jaw surgery, as I was in hospital when President Kennedy was shot. Despite the sometimes painful surgeries my sister and I had, we have many happy memories of Ballochmyle Hospital, as the grounds were so tranquil. I googled the site and see that there is a lovely housing estate there now. If anyone remembers me feel free to email me at [email protected]
Lorraine Duncan Steele

Toronto, Canada

#25 Nov 3, 2016
My name is Lorraine Duncan and my sister Doreen and I have lived in Canada for over 40 years now. During the 50’s & 60’s we had quite a few plastic surgeries at Ballochmyle Hospital to repair our clefting. Ward 16 was the Children’s Ward and we remember being told by the orderlies who would wheel us up to the Operating Room that we were about to see some wonderful cartoons in the Theatre! As adults we were in Ward 15 and both those wards had verandas that overlooked Ballochmyle house. We used to go part-way down Jacob’s ladder nearby, which always fascinated us. I took my husband to visit Ballochmyle in 1993 all the way from Canada and we found Jacob’s Ladder which was by then somewhat overgrown with foliage! There was a Sister-Nurse Anderson in Ward 15 and she was very kind to us, as we were a long way from our home in Aberdeen. Our mother travelled with us when we were children and when I was a teenager I can remember taking the train to Glasgow, the bus to Kilmarnock followed by another bus to Mauchline by myself. It was a long journey! We had an Uncle Jim from Troon who used to visit us on Sundays and we always looked forward to that! Some of the surgeons I remember are: Jack Mustarde, Jack Tough, Tom Gibson, Dr. Stephen Plumpton and Dr. Steven Dobie. All were very skilled doctors in the field of plastic & reconstruction surgery and will always be entirely grateful to them. I have a vivid memory of November 1963 when I had jaw surgery, as I was in hospital when President Kennedy was shot. Despite the sometimes painful surgeries my sister and I had, we have many happy memories of Ballochmyle Hospital, as the grounds were so tranquil. I googled the site and see that there is a lovely housing estate there now. If anyone remembers me feel free to email me at [email protected]
Doreenmc

Welland, Canada

#26 Nov 4, 2016
Remember waking up the sound of birds and drinking tea and toast as a patient in 1948 .looking out pediatric ward window at the big house.Also enjoyed walking down Jacobs ladder with my sister.it was a quiet respite frm all the many surgery we had for cleft lip and palate over 10yrs of our childhood. DR Mustard I remember well.So many poor burn victims and post war men in various stages of surgeries .The we're so brave.Of course I ended up training as Reg nurse
....befriended a couple of nice OR technicians in our teen years.wonder what happened to them?
My sister and I live in Canada .married with children and grandkids now......

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