Buns in the oven produce bakers dozen at Epsom and St Helier hospitals

Sutton Guardian: Anita and Andrew Foulkes with baby Nathan who was born on the first day of 2013 Anita and Andrew Foulkes with baby Nathan who was born on the first day of 2013

Epsom and St Helier hospitals welcomed more than a dozen New Year babies.

Midwives, doctors and maternity staff delivered 13 babies at the hospitals on the first day of 2013 – a trio of baby boys at Epsom and five boys and five girls at St Helier.

Gina Brockwell, one of the hospital trust’s lead midwives, said: "It was a very busy day for everyone on Tuesday and we are absolutely delighted to have helped bring 13 very special people into the world on New Year’s Day. 

"Having a baby is always very special for parents and their loved ones, and it’s always an honour to be involved in their care and delivery. 

"But welcoming a new addition to the family on New Year’s Day is a very special way of kicking off the year."

Figures from the trust show that between January and October last year, Epsom and St Helier welcomed 4,539 babies into the world – the busiest 12 months ever for the hospitals’ maternity departments.

Ms Brockwell added: "We are incredibly pleased to see more and more people choosing to give birth at our hospitals, and believe these increasing numbers reflect the hard work, dedication and compassion of our staff. 

"We help parents-to-be from across the local area, including neighbouring towns such as Croydon and Leatherhead. 

"Parents-to-be often hear very positive stories from their friends and family about our services and choose to deliver their babies with our maternity team."

 

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7:10am Sat 5 Jan 13

lilacgeorge says...

So thats the busiest year for maternity, and last week it was reported that A&E was also the busiest this year......hmmm I hope the powers that be that are trying to take these valuable services away from us are reading this.....
So thats the busiest year for maternity, and last week it was reported that A&E was also the busiest this year......hmmm I hope the powers that be that are trying to take these valuable services away from us are reading this..... lilacgeorge
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11:41am Sat 5 Jan 13

murphys says...

Can only repeat the above comment. Services at risk despite having increasing use... odd.
Can only repeat the above comment. Services at risk despite having increasing use... odd. murphys
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11:21pm Sat 5 Jan 13

Michael Pantlin says...

We need our A&E and Maternity Departments. It's bonkers to shut them and force people in need of their help to travel miles to another hospital that's still open and join the queue and crush there.
We need our A&E and Maternity Departments. It's bonkers to shut them and force people in need of their help to travel miles to another hospital that's still open and join the queue and crush there. Michael Pantlin
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