Founded in 1837 as the ‘Wigan Poor Law Union Hospital’, Billinge Hospital was a National Health Service facility in the Higher End district of the Borough of Wigan, Greater Manchester.
The Maternity Unit attached to the main hospital was opened in 1968, and served much of the surrounding area of Wigan, parts of St Helens and the District of West Lancashire, before it’s closure in 2004, it’s services being transferred to other hospitals in the surrounding districts.
Very little of the original hospital remains.
In September this year, a number of documents were allegedly released, one of which mentions a project named ‘The Cuckoo Children of Billinge’, which added weight to a rumour that began in 2003, which alleged that a Midwife, known only as ‘1B’ had confessed to ‘swapping babies’ during the 28 years she had worked there.
During her alleged confession, the Midwife also claimed she was able to see ‘coloured auras’ which surrounded newly born babies and their mothers, and whenever she saw auras that in her opinion ‘did not match’, she would exchange the baby with a mother who’s aura was the same.
She further claimed that she had been swapping babies this way from 1971 to around 1999, and although she could not recall the exact numbers involved, she estimated that for the 28 years she worked at the hospital, she would swap no less than two babies a day.
Following this alleged confession, a number of stories have been circulating, one of which was an allegation that the security services ordered the immediate closure of the facility to ‘bury’ the scandal – which if true, would be a conspiracy theorist’s dream, especially as the (allegedly) recently discovered documents, part of which, reads;
‘Codename; Cuckoo Children of Billinge. The prolonged swapping of newly born children by midwife B1. From Years 1971 to 1999. MI5 demands the immediate closure of the facility. TOP SECRET. This must not enter the public domain’
The investigation continues.
I have written an update to this story, which can be found here