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Patients vote Royal Derby Hospital Bereavement Service as best in country

Published 13/10/2015

A caring team of midwives from the Royal Derby Hospital who support families who have lost babies through stillbirth or miscarriage have been named the Best Hospital Maternity Bereavement Service in the national Butterfly Awards 2015.  

After opening to public voting in September, the team at the Royal Derby Hospital were overwhelmed by the response from local people. Public support via Facebook and Twitter was incredible and hundreds of local people visited the awards website specifically to vote for the Derby team.

At an award ceremony this week, bereavement midwife Sue Rucklidge received the award on behalf of the Bereavement Link Team. The Butterfly Awards celebrate the strength of those families who have experienced the loss of a baby, and the people who help them.

Sue was appointed Derby’s first bereavement midwife just over five years ago, and since that time she has led improvement in bereavement care for families suffering the impact of such a tragic loss. The service she has established, which includes the Butterfly Suite for bereaved parents, has earned national recognition and has now been recognised as the Best Hospital Maternity Bereavement Service in the Country.

Rebecca Cumming, chair of the Derby Maternity Service Liaison Committee, who nominated Sue for the award, said: “The whole team care wonderfully for any parent who loses a baby. Parents who have lost babies have nothing but praise for the staff at the Royal Derby, the Butterfly Suite and Sue. No one wants to ever use this service but for those who have it makes such a difference to these parents.”

Jane Haslam, Head of Midwifery for Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It’s fantastic that Sue and the bereavement link team have been recognised for the great work they do to support families who tragically lose a baby. We know from patient feedback just how valuable that support is at such a sad time.”

Sue Rucklidge Butterfly Suite
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