The Women and Children’s Team at George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust won the Compassion Award at the Mariposa Annual Awards ceremony in London.
The Mariposa Trust are a national charity supporting bereaved families and hold an annual award ball in London to recognise the work of health care professionals who support families experiencing loss.
The George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust Women and Children’s Team were nominated by Rebekah Stocker for the exemplary care her and her husband, Jimmy, received and for the kindness and compassion they were shown in 2019 after they found out, at their 13 week dating scan in the Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit, they had sadly lost their baby.
Bereavement Lead Midwife, Sam Collinge, and Midwife Sonographer, Jenny Lord, attended the ceremony on behalf of the Trust.
Rebekah Stocker said: “I had the joy of awarding the compassionate care award to the midwife and team who had to give me the worst news imaginable. But, due to Jenny’s kindness and the procedures in place at the hospital, the worst day of my life wasn’t the most traumatic day of my life, which I know it can be for so many women.
“I’ll never forget the words Jenny said when my husband thanked her for her kindness – ‘You can’t make bad news better, but, you can make it worse and I never want to be the one who makes it worse’
“The care I received was exemplary, but it should be standard practice. I am working with the Mariposa Trust’s Saying Goodbye Division to ensure this level of care becomes the norm.”
Sam Collinge, Bereavement Lead Midwife at George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust, said: “Thank you to Rebekah for nominating us for this award. Our service is dedicated to providing sensitive care to our families experiencing loss. We are very honoured this award recognises this, the high level of care we deliver and the kind and compassionate staff within the Women and Children’s Team.”