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HRH The Princess Royal visits award winning midwifery team at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust

HRH The Princess Royal visits award winning midwifery team at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust


The award winning midwives at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust were honoured to receive a visit today (Thursday 9 February) at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) Woolwich from Her Royal Highness (HRH) The Princess Royal, Patron of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM). This is in recognition of the team’s achievement in being awarded Midwifery team of the Year 2016 by the RCM.


The RCM awarded the midwives the prize for their commitment to excellence and innovative approaches to how they provide maternity services to local women and their families, as well as for improving team working, staff involvement and motivation.


On the tour The Princess Royal met staff from all areas of the maternity service including those who work on the delivery suite and in the Birth Centre, the midwife- led unit which opened in April 2015, and those who support mothers with infant feeding and work in the community. The Princess also had the opportunity to talk to some new mothers.


Elizabeth Butler, Chair of Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust said: “We were delighted to welcome HRH Princess Anne to QEH to see the excellent work that our midwives do at the hospital, as well as at University Hospital Lewisham and in the community. Everyone has worked so hard to making the service the success it is. As a result they have been recognised with a wealth of awards both for their staff and leadership and the one from the RCM is the pinnacle of their achievements so far.”


Helen Knower, Head of Midwifery, at the Trust said: “It is a great honour to welcome The Princess Royal to our maternity unit. I am very proud of my team who all work so hard and go the extra mile for our parents. We receive so much positive feedback from the people we care for so that is absolutely the highest praise we could ever hope for.”


Professor Cathy Warwick CBE, Chief Executive of the RCM, said: “The RCM is delighted that The Princess Royal is visiting maternity services at the Trust. It is a great opportunity to display the wonderful work that midwives and maternity staff do here day in day out to personalise care for women.


“There was also a chance to show Her Royal Highness the different choices available to women and their partners at the Trust, and she had  the chance to hear first-hand from mothers, midwives and other maternity staff about the wonderful work they are doing, and how it is delivering a first class service for women, babies and their families.”



Some of the initiatives which the team have implemented include ‘Whose shoes’ which is an interactive workshop designed to improve the maternity experience through hearing the experiences and thoughts of both mothers and fathers. The service has also developed an electronic midwife called Edie the e-midwife which enables women to ask questions via email or Twitter and a qualified midwife will respond within 48 hours.


Other dignitaries present on the Royal visit included: Dr Pieter van der Merwe MBE DL, Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Greenwich; Professor Lesley Page CBE, President, The Royal College of Midwives and Councillor Olu Babatola, Mayor, Royal Borough of Greenwich.


Representing Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust were: Elizabeth Butler, Chair; Claire Champion, Director of Nursing and Mr Nigel Perks, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and Divisional Director of Maternity Services.



For more information please contact the communications department on T: 0203 192 6094 or email


The Royal College of Midwives press office can be reached on T: 020 7312 3432 or email Colin Beesley, Communications Advisor at




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