A Consultant Neonatologist at Liverpool Women's who was one of the pioneers of modern neonatal care in Liverpool and the UK has retired amid many tributes to his enormous contribution to the care of premature babies and their families in the city.
Professor Michael Weindling is also credited with the training of many leading neonatologists and neonatal nurses throughout the NHS.
Professor Weindling, who holds the chair of Perinatal Medicine at the University of Liverpool and is Head of the School of Paediatrics at Mersey Deanery, helped to set up the Neonatal Unit at the former Liverpool Maternity Hospital in Oxford Street in the 1980s. He had previously worked as a research fellow in neonatal medicine at Oxford after early training in London.
He was appointed Consultant in Neonatal Medicine at Oxford Street hospital and Fazakerley Hospital in 1985 and senior lecturer at the University of Liverpool. He became a Professor in 1998.
Mr Bill Yoxall, Clinical Director of the Neonatal Unit and a Consultant Neonatologist at Liverpool Women's said: "Michael has made an enormous contribution to the care of individual babies and the families in his care throughout his career. He has also had a much wider impact because of his interest in the training of neonatologists and neonatal nurses.
"There are a significant number of successful neonatologists working throughout the NHS who are grateful to have been lucky enough to have worked under Michael's supervision during their training. He has also played an important part as a researcher in improving our understanding of the problems faced by newborn babies and their treatments.
"He has always shown a great interest in the families of the babies he has cared for and recognised the challenges they face. He has worked hard as the Chair of the Newborn Appeal, raising funds on their behalf."
"The Neonatal Unit at Liverpool Women's is one of the most widely respected centres for neonatal medicine in the UK. This is in large part due to Michael's contributions to the development of the clinical service, the training provided and the strong research achievements on the unit."