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Our Exciting Announcement

It has been a busy week back at work following my annual leave. I took the opportunity to get myself grounded in what really matters here and spent a bit of time on our Gynaecology Ward talking to staff, patients and visitors.  The feedback from patients and their families was outstanding.  A big thank you to all of the staff who work in gynaecology who ensure that our patients are well cared for each and every day.

Our Acting Head of Midwifery Clare Fitzpatrick was busy implementing new systems when I spoke to her on our Delivery Suite.  Clare is a very experienced midwife and I know that she will embrace the challenge of taking on this critical role.

A number of our staff have been working really hard over recent months pulling together and delivering an action plan following the Care Quality Commission visit earlier this year.  A massive thank you to all of you involved in this, I know how much time and effort you have put in and myself and the Board of Directors are very grateful for that.

Yesterday we announced with Channel 4 that the BAFTA Award winning documentary One Born Every Minute is coming to Liverpool Women’s Hospital and filming will commence in October.  We have some of the very best midwives and clinicians at Liverpool Women's and we are excited to show off our dedicated staff, our fabulous facilities and of course the wonderful people who access our services.

If you are due to give birth during October, November or December and would like to find out more about taking part in this series or ask any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dragonfly on 020 703 32311 or email oneborn@dragonfly.tv, they’d love to hear from you! It felt like the news was the talk of the city yesterday, with everyone appearing genuinely excited by the prospect. Over 100 women have called up to put their name down for the show already too!

No person who has not given consent will be included in the series, and I’d like to personally assure all of our patients that the level of care that you will receive during this period will not be affected by the filming of the series. No one is under any obligation to be filmed. The Trust and Dragonfly both fully appreciate that the birth of a child is an extremely special time in a family's life and will be working together to accurately reflect what it is like to work and give birth in one of the country's leading maternity hospitals. Whether you choose to be filmed or not, it will not affect the excellent level of care you receive at Liverpool Women's.

You can access more details and information for patients on filming here.

by Kathryn Thomson

Chief Executive

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