East Surrey Hospital in Redhill has launched a hunt to find the first babies to be born there almost 25 years ago.

The hospital has launched the quest as a fitting way to mark the opening of its new birthing unit.

The new unit opened its doors in May and has already welcomed many new arrivals into the world.

The East Surrey's maternity unit originally opened its doors on the Canada Avenue site in Redhill back in 1991.

Now Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, has put the call out for mums who had a baby there in 1991 or 1992 to get in touch.

Michelle Cudjoe, head of Midwifery, Divisional Chief Nurse at the hospital, said: ”These mums and their children are part of our history and it would be lovely to hear their experiences and meet the adults who once upon a time were our first arrivals.”

She said: “So if you’re reading this and you had your baby at East Surrey Hospital, or were born here between those years, please get in touch with us.”

The East Surrey's maternity facilities have undergone a transformation since opening – the latest change being its new birthing unit. The unit has four en-suite rooms with birthing pools, soft lighting and walls covered in calming photos of woodlands and flowers.

The unit came about through a major £400,000 investment at the hospital.

The investment money awarded to Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust was part of a £25 million injection by the Department of Health into maternity facilities.

It was the largest amount given to a hospital in the area.

Mums who had their babies at the East Surrey in 1991 or 1992 can get in touch by calling Tasha Gardner at the Trust on 01737 768511, extension 6199, or by emailing: Tasha.gardner@sash.nhs.uk Website: www.surreyandsussex.nhs.uk