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Celebrating Our Heritage

Our 2021 Heritage Project

My Life With the Miners Facebook Comments

June Davies: Born there in 1959, last time I was there in 1996 was to say a last goodbye to Mam - the warmth and kindness of the staff I’ll always remember. It seems now that it was an end of an era as however hard they try in Ystrad it’s not the same - big single rooms which are harder for staff and very frightening and lonely for elderly patients (my sister was there for a while - I popped in every evening afterwork and it broke my heart to see how unhappy she was).


Lyn Bourne: I had both my children there in 89’ and 92’. My grandmother was a nurse there, she started her training when she was in her 40’s. I remember her being on the children’s ward with the balcony when I was taken in after being knocked down. We always called her nanny nurse. In her later years she was a terrible patient because she would compare how it was in her days, from making the beds to the nurse's uniform. She was a very proud nurse and looked lovely in her uniform.

Susan Jones: I was born there in 1955 as were all my siblings and I had my children there as well. A wonderful hospital and amazing staff, miss the Miners hospital very much now we have nothing.

Sian Saunders: I had both my children there in 1986 and 1991. I worked there from 1983-1986 as a theatre sister. Fab hospital, loved my time there.

Jaci Keep: My two boys were both born there. Spent a week on maternity ward after both births. Caring, thoughtful staff.


Marilyn Warburton: Had three of my children there: - 1973, 1975 & 1978.Had all my operations there. My father was a patient there. Was a great hospital.

Kathryn Virgo: I can remember being taken there by my (very cross) mother when I got a stone lodged up my nose as a child.  Was also treated there in A and E for a nasty scald. Took my son there too, once or twice. Sadly, some loved ones passed away there. I did some bank shifts there as a staff nurse in the mid-nineties. And I worked and volunteered in the Miners Centre Cafe for about four years.

Sheila Jones: I was born there in 1954. My eldest two children were born in Pontypool and then we returned to this area to live in Bedwas and my youngest boy was born in the Miners in 1983. Great delivery and home in less than 48 hours.

Shirley Thomas: Both my sons born there. My youngest was the first baby born in 1984. Loads of attention including picture in local newspaper.


Louise Tugwell: I was born there in 1984 and went back in 2008 on placement when I was a student nurse.

Judith Parfitt: Both myself and my husband were born in Caerphilly Miners in 1958 and 1957. In the 80s I attended all the pre-natal appointments there and our 2 children were born there. My first daughter was delivered by sister Betty Parfitt (no relation) who lived opposite my mum. It was a sad day when it closed.

Wayne Evans: I had a deep vein thrombosis about 15 years ago and the staff in the miners were exemplary. They really were. Very kind and thoughtful. Nothing was too much trouble.

Johnny Rogers: I was born in the Caerphilly Miners' Hospital but unfortunately I don't remember it.

Shan Price: My son was born there 1988, also my dad was in hospital many times from 1966 always the best of care there.

Mair Thomas: I had my baby in an ambulance and they took me to Caerphilly Miners. They were all very good to me and baby was well cared for. My daughter has her birth certificate and she will be

fifty nine this year.  All the best to you all.

Karen and Pete O'Brien: Both our children were born at the Miners hospital; our daughter in 1982 and then our son in 1985. A great local hospital we still miss it.

Victoria Reece: I had both my boys in the Miners. Best hospital. Amazing place x x

Nathan Carter: Hospital should never of been closed. The people of Caerphilly have been truly shafted with the closure of the Miners and given Ystrad.

Janine Sommers: I was born there, my eldest daughter was born there and I worked as a student midwife there! Lovely memories.

Steven Skivens: My Mother, Aunty, Wife and Mother in law all worked there. 3 of my kids were born there. Many friends worked there.

Andrea Tuckwell: I was born there in 1950, had my two children there, one of which was born on Christmas Eve.  It was such a lovely atmosphere, the nurses came around in the evening carrying candles and singing carols, lovely memories. It should never have been closed.

Eleanor Burton: This is me in August 2001 when my daughter Ksenia Sarah was born in the Miners. I also worked as a podiatrist there from 1987 to 1998.

Marie Hughes: My daughter was born there in 1999, fab maternity unit, lovely care and staff x

Ellen Rigler: I was born there in 1975 and my daughter was born there in 1999 (in the same room I was born). My son was born there in 2002 and my last son was born there in 2007. This was a great hospital for our area.

Sian Stafford: My mother nursed there. I was born there in 1958 as were my 2 children in 1988 & 1990!

Ann Prosser: Had my tonsils out there and my son was born there. My mother was a domestic there for 26 years. I worked there in catering as assistant then Chef for 32 yrs. Great memories there, some not so nice when I was put on traction with bad back to see Christmas Day babies doing turkey run around wards.

Harry Howells: All three of my children born here, 1974, 76, 78...had my first speeding ticket rushing from college in Rhydyfelin to see my first born in the miners...Wife was not amused. (Welcome Niel)

My second child I was told, would not arrive for a number of hours, so i went home...rang a short time later to find that "she" had already arrived! (Welcome Maria) I was able to be present at my third child's birth..... (welcome Steven)...afterwards the snip! I hasten to add, nothing to do with you Son. (Fond Memories)

Emma Phipps-Magill: My mum was admitted to the hospital in 1947 as 6 mths old baby. She had a diseased cheek bone. They tried everything but no medication could stop the infection. The minster was called and she was given last rights. But one doctor asked my grandmother would they be willing to try a new antibiotic on her to see if it would work. We know this today as penicillin. We believe she was the first patient to have the drug in the Miners and it saved her life.

26 years later I was born there and a further 22 years later I had my son there in the very same room I was born. Loved the hospital but hated that St Martins Rd walk at 9 months pregnant for checkups.

Elizabeth Mary Bergelin: Nessa (Ruth Jones) from Gavin and Stacey TV series gave birth in the Miners too. In the same room I gave birth to my youngest son (8/2004). Some new mums and I raised money for the new maternity unit which sadly didn’t last very long.

Glennydd Kirkby: I was born there in 1962 and had a tonsillectomy there in 1970 on the children’s ward.

Sian Cole: I didn’t give birth there but did have my scans etc there, and met some fabulous other Mums there at post-natal group, with whom I am still good friends 15 years later.

Abby Jones: I was born here in 1973 and have birth to my daughter there in 2004! Was a great hospital with amazing staff. I don't have photos of the actual hospital though, sorry xx

Vivienne Penfold: I was born there, my daughters were born there, and my grandson was born there. Xxx

Emily Jayne Bradford Bolwell: Blessed to have had my 1st child there in October 2006! Midwife team were amazing especially as I was an absolutely petrified teenage parent. They never judged me, and offered so much support and advice. If I remember correctly at the time it was the only place in our trust with a birthing pool! Also remember plenty of trips to the non-emergency A&E during my school years for various injuries and they were always fab.

Jenny Jones: Emily Jayne Bradford Bolwell so nice to see our birthing pool. We have 2 in Ystrad now. Loved the miners such a lovely place to work

Annette Roberts: I was born there as well Jen 1956 and I had Leanne there 1974 and Louise 1978, also Louise had Tomas there 1999. It was a lovely hospital. XX

Nicola Marie: I had my twin daughters there. It was a battle to have them born there as they had stopped multiple births by then. My son was very young and I wanted his dad to bring him to see me every day. So glad I fought to have them, they may have been the last twins born there

Mandy Surridge: I was born in The Miners Hospital in 1966, had my two son’s there and worked there from 1984 till it closed in 2011 and we all had to move up to the new hospital in Ystrad Mynach. Will always miss the Miners Hospital, such a lovely place to work.

Andrea Powell Was Webber: I had my daughter there 25 years ago this year, two other ladies had boys the same day and we shared the same room. All children’s names started with a J and they all ended up in comprehensive school together.

Julie Louise Jones: Both my boys were born in Caerphilly Miners and in the same room. They were also delivered by the same mid wife. Such a lovely hospital.

Norma Kift: I had my tonsils out there! My mum and dad Norman and Ivy Holt always spoke very highly of the Miners.

Rhian Morgan: My dad used to work on the switchboard. X

Lisa Edwards: I was born there on 13th August 1976 and on the same day 17 years later, 13th of August 1993 I gave birth to my daughter in the same room as my mother and brother, who also share this birthday xx

Welsh Webby: My Grandad gasped his last there......Dust and Woodbines....Horrible night....Caring lovely staff who comforted us.

Wendy Summerhayes: The Miners hospital should NEVER have been destroyed, the money spent on Y.M. Hospital should have gone on updating the Miners, they wouldn’t have needed as much as they spent on that waste of space. The miners paid for it so it should have stayed in gratitude to the men who contributed to its existence. My two boys were born there.

Pamela Lintern: I was born there in 1954. I used the accident and emergency a few times for different things, they always looked after you well, the staff were lovely xx

Karen Lee: I had my 4 children there in 1978, 1979,1983 & 1985 under the care of Mr Stout. I had my tonsils, adenoids and sinus operation there in September 1970 and my carpal tunnel operation in 2005. My father passed away there in 1993. The care and friendliness of all staff there was brilliant.

My grandmother who was in her 80's had a prolapse womb in the 1980's and was under the care of Mr Stout too. My grandmother was hard of hearing and kept calling him Mr Trout. I can remember telling my mother that his surname is Stout so she tried explaining to my grandmother that his name was grandmother replied...”no he isn't very”. Can always remember that. X

Maionia Parry: My daughter was born there in 1968. They’d just built a new maternity unit at the back - very modern for the time. Spent 48 hours there. My Dad had many ‘spells’ there - as did most of the miners in our village (Cefn Hengoed - Penallta Colliery). He was upset when he could no longer go to Caerphilly but had to go to Llandough Hospital as he knew this meant his chest was deteriorating . My Mam was lovingly cared for there for 6 weeks before she sadly passed away. The hospital felt like ‘ours’ to all the locality and it was a sad day when it closed.

Margaret Church: I had my three children there 1972, 1975 and 1980. Worked in Physio outpatients for many years in Ystrad Mynach Hospital, CDMH physio dept was part of us.

Joy Vickie Henderson Morgans: All my 3 children were born at the Miners hospital from 1980 to 1987. A lovely friendly hospital.

Sian Tomas: Born there in 1974 and had both of my children there 2002 /2006.

Maxine Mary Williams: I had my daughter there in 2006 and I worked there as a domestic from 2004-2010.

Shane An Joe Faulds: I was born there and so was 4 of my 5 children. I also worked there as a HCSW and cleaner and met friends for life there, especially Mama bear Jacqueline Maclennan.

Shirley Taylor: Gave birth to my youngest son here on the 6th November 1980 at 12.25 pm weighing 7 pounds 12 ozs.

Jean Heath: Had my twins there in 1963 when I was 18 yrs and youngest, 1968 should be there.

Jill Rice: I was born in 1960 there and had my own three children there x

Sara Bodman: Both my kids were born there 1996 and 1998, there was a picture of my son as you went up the stairs for years after.

Stephen George: I was born there but says on my birth certificate east glam.

Devhan J Johnson: Both me and my husband were born there in 1990.

Cati Peinado: Devhan J Johnson Me too!

Carolyn Barnaby: I was born there in 1969, then had both my kids there, brilliant hospital, should never have closed. 

Jessica Fones: I was born there in 1988 and gave birth to my second born there in 2009.

Kay King: My 3 children were born there, boy 7-12-78, boy 24-7-81 and a girl 25-11-83.

Kirstie Howarth: I was born here in 1993. I also went there in 2010 to have my leg bandaged as I got bit by a dog.

Anna Matthews: I was born there 85, my eldest in 2006 and second oldest in 2010.

Dawn Winslet: I was born there and had my daughter there in 1998 and my mum used to work there as well and many visits there with my daughter I think they knew us in the end there lol

Aled Turley: They strapped a broken toe for me once. Will I make an appearance in the history books?

Tasha Gittings: My brother and I were born there. 1986 (me) & 1988 (him). I now volunteer at the Centre and run the Stay & Play groups. 

Carly Louise Wicks: My grandfather worked here, I was also born here and my brothers xx

Kelly Brightman: Born there in 1975. Smoking wasn’t banned outside and my mum waddled out for a cigarette during labour to ease the pain. Different times! I know she had a lovely experience there and staff were really kind to her. Then in 1994/95 I helped Caerphilly Lyons with a friend and did their Xmas rounds with them and the ladies choir. I was 15 years old and was dressed as Santa’s helper with my friend Lea Avery. We gave out small gifts to people on the wards.. mostly older people. I loved doing this and did it for a few years. Also did some community work with midwives in around 2004/5 where we were finding ways to support younger parents. More recently I joined the amazing Side by Side choir and we use one of the older rooms on the left as you go in to sing. Since covid I’ve missed this enormously and can’t wait to come back. I might have a picture of me after being born if that’s any good but you can’t see the hospital at all. Great project.

Jayne Davies-Ellis: Many of the happiest days of my nursing career spent there.

Elisa Jenkins: My daughters were born there Eva Jenkins 22yrs ago tomorrow and Katy Jenkins 20yrs ago delivered by my wonderful Auntie Rose Llewellyn who was also my Midwife. A very special and wonderful time. Forever grateful x x x.

Linda Seaborne: I was born her. I had my eldest son here. Now I live on the site.

Jessica Penny: I was born here in 1987. My friend’s mum Beth was the receptionist here Amy Evans


Paul Ann Giffard: Wonderful Hospital, had my three children, there very homely.

Jacqueline Maclennan: Beautiful hospital, had best time's there. I worked there as a cleaner & had my 4 beautiful babies there.

Jennifer De'arth: I was born here January 1954, my 1st born a girl March 1975, my second a boy September 1976. Lovely Hospital x

Susan Matthews: My eldest daughter was born there in 2006. Was a lovely hospital xx

Rhian Morris: I was born there in 1972 and both my boys were born there in 1998 and 2003.

Lovely hospital x

Shened Hodges: A lovely hospital, with a community feel to it.

Samantha Johnson: I was born there 1980. Had my son there in 2010. Remember my sister being born there in 87 Rhiannon Reeby; do you remember coming to see Sophie?

Kay Gilbert: I was born there and my two daughters.

Mark Jones: Yes I was born in the Miners Jan 1977.

Amanda Jane: Was born there in 1969.

Vicky Jex: Had both my girls there it was a fantastic hospital.

Beci Newton: Geraldine Auntie Margaret would have some lovely memories. Her and Uncle Tommy were there at the same time.

Jayne Reynolds Petty: I had my 3 in the Miners, very good hospital.

Toria Andrea: I was born there in 1984, my mum was an auxiliary nurse there. I then went there in 1999/2000 for work experience. I had my ante natal care there with my first in 2008 but unfortunately had to go to the Gwent to have her. Best memory ever was being cared for by Tracy Mitchard in A&E when I was a teenager and ending up working with her in RGH before we both left. She's still amazing.

Maria Edwards: I was born here in 1976 and my first born daughter was born here in 1998.

Jeanette Williams: My daughter was born there in 1956.

Anne Ricketts: My daughter was born there.

Nesta Price: Had my tonsils out there!

Angela Melvin: I was born there in 1970.

Allison Read: I was born there in Jan 1970.

Sue Rands: Yes I was born in the Miners, it was a shame it went!!

Peter Harris: My mother worked there and my brother and I believe were born there.

Kirsten Stone: I was born in the miners in 1996.

Tyron Smith: Was born there 10th Feb 83.

Michelle Willetts: I was born in this hospital.

Katie Griffiths: I was born here.

Sarah Gillian Fellows: I was born there in March 1975 and I was the biggest baby born up until that point in that year hehehe. My poor mum.

Jan R DeSouza: I was born in CDMH 1955, both my sons as well, then I ended up working there as RGN, loved every moment.

Linda Phillips: I had my tonsils out there when I was I fifteen, lol.

Dawn Parkes: Great hospital.

Georgina Arnell: I had my leg plastered there after falling down two steps in 1975 xx

Jackie Rapps Edwards: I was born there in 1961 and I had my son 1986 and my daughter 1996. It was a great hospital and it should not of been pulled down, the Miner's worked hard and gave their money to the people and for what.

Carol Carr Dew: My life was saved at Caerphilly Miners. At 5yrs old I suffered from a perforated appendicitis. Dr Dutta a surgeon at the hospital, performed surgery on me which saved my life.

Cilla Messenger: I was born there in 1973. Then went on to have 3 of my children there: - 1993,1995,1998

Cheryl Edwards: My eldest son was born there and my mother was a nurse there.

Brenda Rees: My 3 sons were born there!

Sandra Terry: Been there great hospital.

Linda Greenway: I was born there 1950.

Denise Hall: I was born there.

Ann Bancroft: One of my granddaughters was born there.

Helen Evans: I was born there.

Jackie Dearnaley: My daughter Nicola was born there in 1970 x

Carl Meredith: Born there and had an op there.

Andrew Baggott: I was born there.

Ian Smith: I used to live up the hill from the Miners Hospital. Sad to say I had to give a doctor who worked there a furious telling off!

Deborah Merriman: My Mum was a cook there x

Clive Walby: And me.

Joanne Sullivan: I was born there 1974  and then, as a baby, had my appendix removed there.

Suzann Martin: Had my two children there 1984 & 1987.

Jan Smith: My son was born at Caerphilly Miners.

Patsy White: I was always in A&E lol.

Peter Harris: I was born there and my mother worked there.

Calvin Morgan: I was born there.

Tracey Edwards: I was born there in 1965 and both of my kids, very sad when it closed.

Charlotte Coxe: I was born there so was my eldest.

Kirstin Morgan: I was born in the miners, so were both of my daughters.

Steve Maitland Thomas: Both my sons were born there.

Jackie Bushen: I was born there and my children


Daisy Distancing: My eldest children were born there. I was also sterilized there back in the days when my (then) husband had to sign to give me his permission to have an operation on my body!

Chris Parfitt: I was born at the Miners 65 years ago in March 1956, visited many times in the seventies and nothing but good memories.

Heather Latham: My daughter Sharon was born here 6/9/71 and they were great. My daughter was a big baby 9.6 but we made it through the rain!!!!!

Gwyneth Spadaro-Dutturi: My daughter was born there in 1983. It was election time and the consultant knew I was voting Labour so refused me permission to go to the polling station. I accused him of being a Tory.

Steven Skivens: Born there, 3 of my kids born there, Mom, Aunty, Wife and Mother in law worked there. Dad died there. Went on trips, parties there and lots of A&E visits.

Nicola O'connell Palmer: My dad was in there when he was 18 yrs with appendicitis and they removed his appendix. Talking many years ago when he worked down the pits. They saved his life, must of been 1920's 30's if I am right.

Leslie Tubo Webster: Wonder if there's a plaque there for the miners? After all they did pay a percentage of their money to build the hospital, just wondering.

Sheila Drew: I had a tooth removed by the butcher dentist. It was such a traumatic time, this was in the 40s.

Kerry Bowden: I was born there 1951!

Penny J Rich: My father, the late Mr D L Arnold was the Obstetrician and Gynaecologist there from about 1958 to about 1978, the Matron then was Matron Thomas. My father really enjoyed working there, they were happy times for him.

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