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Putting into Perspective Life's Everyday Problems

Where does time go it is almost the end of May. You will know from last week's blog that we held our annual service of remembrance. There were about 300 people who attended to remember their loved ones. A number of parents have contacted me since, wanting to turn their personal tragedy into something that benefits others by fundraising.  This service, as I have said to one parent, really does put into perspective life's everyday problems. I feel fortunate to have never suffered the loss of a child, but my parents lost 2 children, so I feel I have some insight into the devastation of the loss. Nothing compares!  This is the fourth time we have held this service, it is clearly valued by people dealing with their loss, and we will ensure we do this each year.

My week has yet again been very varied.  I was filmed to promote our work in regard to our Research activities, which will benefit women and babies, locally, nationally and internationally. 

I have met with a few of our consultants, Geoff Shaw, Mark Clement-Jones and Leanne Bricker; I have also met with Cathy Atherton our Head of Midwifery and Diane Brown our Head of Nursing. These personal interactions enable me to see our organisation through a number of different perspectives. Thank you all for taking time out of your busy day.

Michelle Turner director of HR and I spent time again on our delivery suite and triage and assessment unit. Thank you to all staff who engaged constructively with us: you demonstrated great passion for further improving our services to patients.

Our hospital has again been the centre of attention as yet another celebrity couple chose to have their care with us.  This really is a testament to the facilities, experience and most importantly the talented people at Liverpool Women's Hospital.

However, my most perfect moment of the week was when Michelle and I spent time on our Maternity Ward, undoubtedly the largest and busiest in this country. In the words of one of our staff directly to me 'I love my job, I love coming to work'. She has made such a difference!  As the CEO of Liverpool Women's Hospital I am so proud of Becky Freeman, Ward Manager on our Maternity Ward.  You really are a true leader and demonstrate what we want our staff and patients to experience every day. You are a star and have my full admiration for a job well done. Thanks Becky, leaders like you make my job so much easier!!!

Have a great weekend everybody, I will be sharing mine with family, close friends and my dog Rafa! Has anybody worked out my football loyalties yet!!

by Kathryn Thomson

Chief Executive

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