Excitement was felt across the Hospital on Wednesday as Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Patron of The Royal College of Midwives (RCM), paid a visit to the maternity unit at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust.
The Princess Royal's visit comes at the start of International Year of the Midwife and follows a letter of thanks to midwives from HRH at the start of the year.
During the visit The Princess Royal spoke to midwives, maternity support workers and new mums. Midwives also showed HRH the great work they are doing to provide even better services for women and their families.
Our maternity unit is in the running for two RCM awards this year: we're on the shortlist in the RCM's Annual Awards for the Midwifery Service of the Year and Midwife Emma Carver has also been shortlisted for the RCM's Midwives' Midwife of the Year.
The Princess Royal was accompanied on the visit by June Lovett, our Associate Chief Nurse and Head of Midwifery, Angela Wood, Chief Nurse, as well as RCM Chief Executive Gill Walton and RCM President Kathryn Gutteridge.
June said she was extremely proud of the unit. “Her Royal Highness was really interested in our services and in our maternity care and in our development in the involvement of our patients. She was very engaging and appreciative of the work that goes on here and we were all absolutely delighted to welcome her."
Martin Havenhand, Chairman of The Rotherham Foundation Trust, spoke during the visit. He said midwives play a vital and unique role. “They are present at the beginning of life's journey, offering a voice of reassurance at a joyous, life-changing and sometimes challenging moment in a woman's life," he said, and he also praised June for her role at the Hospital, as she is due to retire in a few weeks.
“Along with her colleagues, June has been responsible for driving forward innovations to the service we offer, seeking, at all times, to listen to the women of Rotherham in order to constantly improve our approach."