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by Kathryn Thomson

Chief Executive

Calling all teddies

One of the great privileges of my job is to be able to see at first hand the services we deliver to our patients and their families. Despite a busy diary, I always set aside time to *go walkabout* to see at first hand the work of areas like our Neonatal Unit. This has just been the subject of a highly praised ITV series called Baby Hospital which you can now see via the ITV website.

I was proud of the way the series portrayed our hospital but also how it captured the warmth and spirit of our city in such a positive way, showing how families support each other in sometimes heartbreaking times.

This Saturday, September 10, from 11am, you too can *go walkabout* when we hold our popular Annual Members Meeting and Open Day. This offers an insight into our services but also a fun day for families. Make sure your children bring their teddies so they can take a trip to theatre!

Parents of older children are being urged this week to make sure their daughters get the cervical cancer vaccine. One of our patients, supporting the campaign, tells on our website how we were able to save her fertility when she had the disease, enabling her to go on to have a beautiful daughter.

Just a word about the recent local disturbances - and that's *Thanks* to our staff who as always went the extra mile to ensure patients felt safe and reassured and that there was no disruption to their care.

Message from Kathy Thomson, Chief Executive

05 September 2011