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Maggie says goodbye

Maggie Davies' retirement

One of George Eliot Hospital’s most familiar faces has hung up her midwife’s uniform after almost 40 years of caring for local people.

The Trust’s top midwife, Maggie Davies, joined what was then the Manor Hospital as a 16-year-old in September 1973. She did her first round on Welfare Ward dressed in a bright pink and black uniform. She became a student nurse in 1975 and spent the next three years rotating between the Manor Hospital and George Eliot Hospital.

In 1980, Maggie began her midwifery training before starting work at what was then the Nuneaton Maternity Hospital. She became Head of Women’s and Children’s services in 2008.

It wasn’t all plain sailing to start with as Maggie explains: “I fainted at my first forceps delivery and came around on the grass outside the building with a colleague throwing water over me. Fortunately that didn’t put me off and I remember with absolute delight the thrill of delivering my first baby who was kind enough to invite me to his 18th birthday party; however, this time he was bouncing me on his lap.”

Despite many ups and downs, Maggie remains proud of what she and the maternity unit have achieved over the years: “So much has changed since I started, mostly for the better. When I first qualified, it was normal for women who underwent a natural birth to stay in hospital for a week and those undergoing caesarean sections to be in for 10 days; now it’s normal for women to be out on the same day.

“I’ve always been extremely passionate about my work and a strong believer that local people deserve access to a high quality maternity service at George Eliot Hospital. We are delighted that we will be able to continue to provide a service for years to come.

“I’ve loved every minute of working here and I am extremely sad to leave such a wonderful profession. I am thankful for being part of such a unique family of friends and colleagues for so many years.”

Trust Medical Director Andrew Arnold praised Maggie’s contribution to the hospital over the past 40 years: “Maggie has been fantastic ambassador for the hospital over so many years and her passion for the job has been hugely beneficial to the hospital, its staff and local people. We can’t thank her enough for everything she has done.”

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