South Lakes Birth Centre to receive Royal visit

on 12 August 2019 HRH The Princess Royal Royal Family

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal will be paying a special visit to South Lakes Birth Centre at Furness General Hospital as part of her role as Patron to The Royal College of Midwives (RCM).

HRH The Princess Royal, along with the Lord Lieutenant, Kathryn Gutteridge, RCM President, and Gill Walton, RCM Chief Executive, will meet with midwifery staff and the mothers and babies they care for at the £12million state-of-the-art unit in Barrow-in-Furness.

The visit will also include a tour of the unit and a meeting with stakeholders and senior leaders of the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) which manages Furness General Hospital.

Carol Carlile, Head of Midwifery, Gynaecology and Obstetrics, UHMBT, said: “We are truly honoured to be one of only a few maternity units in the country to receive such a special visit from Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal.

“It means a great deal to all of us to be recognised in this way, and we are really looking forward to having the opportunity to highlight the great work that happens at the South Lakes Birth Centre every single day.”

Gill Walton, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the RCM, said: "I am really looking forward to this visit to show HRH The Princess Royal the wonderful new Birth Centre at the trust.

"It will also be an opportunity to show her the excellent work being done there by midwives, maternity support workers and the wider maternity team for the women, babies and their families in the area."

Taking place in September 2019, this will be the first royal visit to the South Lakes Birth Centre after being officially opened on 14th February 2018 following 15 months of building work.

Notes to editors

The RCM is the only trade union and professional association dedicated to serving midwifery and the whole midwifery team. We provide workplace advice and support, professional and clinical guidance and information, and learning opportunities with our broad range of events, conferences and online resources. For more information visit the RCM website at https://www.rcm.org.uk/.

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