The maternity unit received a special visit from Mayor of Chelmsford Yvonne Spence as she came to meet new parents and thank staff for their hard work over the festive period.
Accompanied by her deputy Christine Garrett and consort John Spence, the mayor was shown around Broomfield’s labour, neonatal and postnatal facilities by lead midwife Amanda Dixon and Trust chairman Nick Alston.
The mayoral party spent over an hour touring the department and chatted to midwives who’d been delivering children whilst Father Christmas delivered presents.
Along the way, the mayor encountered a familiar face - new mum Elizabeth Herniman had been taught by the mayor as a reception class pupil over twenty years ago. The last time they’d seen each other Elizabeth said the mayor was teaching her to read, and she obviously did a good job as Elizabeth is now a teacher herself.
The mayor said: “Thank you very much to everybody, we’ve had a wonderful tour round, we’ve met some wonderful new babies and I’m sure their parents are thrilled. Thank you particularly to all the staff who have worked over the Christmas and New Year period because it’s probably a time when they want to be with their families but here they are helping people to extend theirs. So thank you to everybody on behalf of the people of Chelmsford.’’
Amanda Dixon, lead midwife, led the tour: ‘‘Thank you very much to the mayor and her entourage for coming to see us today. We’re very grateful to them for coming and hopefully we’ve given them an insight into what we do. I’d also like to express heartfelt thanks to all of my wonderful team who have worked over the festive period.’’
Nick Alston, Trust chairman, added: “‘It’s always good to see the mayor, it was a lovely visit, and thanks to Amanda and the team. It’s been great.’’