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Book for hospital’s last baby

Bury baby James Nuttall has been given a special commemorative book of his birth after being the last baby to be born at Fairfield General Hospital.

Maternity services at the hospital have now been transferred to North Manchester General Hospital.

Mum Jess Holbrook, of Bury, arrived to a round of applause from midwives at the hospital after she turned up in labour just before the deadline for the last delivery.

The family was later given a commemorative children’s book inscribed with the time and date of James’ birth, by Fairfield Baby Lifeline Society, as well as a souvenir wristband featuring his details.

Miss Holbrook said: “When we arrived at the hospital just before the cut-off time for the last delivery, the midwives gave us a round of applause, which was really nice.

“They really made us feel special. The midwife on duty was my mum’s best friend, Leah Moran, and it was really nice to be delivered by her.

“It was quite sad too, though, because the members of staff were packing up all the equipment on the unit while I was having my baby.

“I knew I would be right on the cusp for the unit closing, so it was touch and go as to whether I could go to Fairfield. I am glad that I made it just in time.

“It was brilliant at Fairfield. The staff couldn’t have treated us better.

“It’s bittersweet that James’ birth marks the end of an era for the hospital. I will definitely tell him about this when he is older.”


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