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Maternity teams rewarded for excellence

Posted: 7 November 2012 by Rob Dabrowski

Top maternity teams from across the UK are today being presented with awards for their amazing work.

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust Maternity Unit
A total of 13 teams are due to be handed plaques today (7 November) at a House of Lords lunch reception. 

The Maternity Unit Miracles awards are run by Baby Lifeline – a national charity that supports the care of pregnant women and children.

The teams were all nominated by mothers and families who received excellent care in their hands.  

The winning teams were reunited with the parents that nominated them in a special thank you event held at the Rainforrest Café in London yesterday (6 November).

The national winner was the maternity team at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, who received a handful of nominations.

One of the nominators, Claire Parry, was at the event to thank the team in person.

She nominated them after being diagnosed with HELLP syndrome and undergoing an emergency CS with twins.

The babies were on oxygen, had numerous transfusions, laser eye treatment and were both in hospital for more than 100 days after birth.

Claire said: ‘I nominated the team to show my appreciation for how great they are.

‘I was a first time parent, so I just didn’t have a clue, but the doctors gave us advice and the midwives and nurses gave us hope and picked us up.

‘We spent a lot of time at the hospital and got to know everyone really well and they supported us in so many ways.’

Carmel McCalmont, HoM, told Midwives how proud she was that the team were receiving the award.

‘The fact that we’ve won is just fantastic for our staff. We were nominated by a number of mothers and that means everything to us,’ she said.

‘If the women we care for are happy, then that makes us happy. The staff work incredibly hard and it’s great to get that acknowledged.

‘Everyone is our team is prepared to go the extra mile for the women and their families and go above and beyond and are very proud of the care that they give.’

King’s College London was named a ‘commended winner’, after being nominated for groundbreaking fetal surgery.

At 25 weeks, keyhole surgery was performed under local anaesthetic when a small balloon was inserted into a baby’s windpipe to help his lung to grow.

There were also 11 regional winners, who were commended for their dedication and hard work. They are:

– Scotland: Southern General Maternity Unit

– Wales: Princess of Wales Hospital Neonatal Unit 

– North West: Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – Warrington Maternity unit
– North East: University Hospital of North Durham Maternity Unit 

– West Midlands: Birmingham Women's NHS Foundation Trust Maternity and Neonatal Intensive Care Units

– East Midlands: Royal Derby Hospital Maternity Unit 

– East Anglia: Hinchingbrooke Hospital Maternity Unit

– South: St Mary's Hospital Maternity Unit, Isle of Wight

– South West: Princess Alexandra Maternity Wing, Royal Cornwall Hospital

– London and South East: Oliver Fisher Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Medway Hospital

– Northern Ireland: Craigavon Area Hospital, Maternity Unit