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Ice Ice Baby

Ice Ice Baby

Snow 2018

During the recent disruption caused by the Beast from the East and Storm Emma the maternity department had sNOw problem coping thanks to dedicated staff who braved the elements to ensure that it was business as usual. Many staff worked extra shifts or even stayed overnight in some cases to make sure that there was no disruption to services both in the hospital and out in the community which, of course, presented its own challenges. 

Despite natures best efforts a flurry of over 50 little snowmen and girls were delivered during the cold snap - 23 girls and 32 boys.

Michele Ahluwalia, Deputy Maternity Outpatient Services Manager  said “I would like to say a massive thank you to all of the Community Midwives, for supporting and providing a safe community service last week under exceptionally adverse weather conditions.

  • We had midwives walking around there local areas to provide antenatal and postnatal care to women and their families.
  • Midwives who covered antenatal clinics at their local Children’s Centers, having to walk up to 2 miles in the snow to do so.
  • Midwives and Maternity Support Workers who dug their cars out and braved the snow filled roads to deliver care and support their colleagues, picking staff up on route and dropping them to clinics. Including Jan Unwin, Community Midwife who put herself on call 3 nights in a row with her 4x4 to support our out of hours service.

On Wednesday, despite the adverse weather we managed to open,  staff and run 22 of the 24 clinics that were scheduled across Dartford, Gravesham and Bexley.  The community midwife admin support staff  were also amazing, providing weather and traffic updates to all staff, as well as manning very busy phone lines, answering queries regarding midwifery visits and clinics and informing women of where to access care.


Thank you for all of your support.”