Open day at Stroud Maternity Unit to mark 60th anniversary
STROUD Maternity Unit is to host an open day and birthday celebration later this week to mark its 60th anniversary and the end of major refurbishment work.
Guests including the Queen’s granddaughter Zara Philips have been invited along for the diamond anniversary celebrations on Friday, September 27, when three new en-suite birthing rooms will be officially unveiled.
A big event to commemorate the anniversary was originally due to take place in March but as building work was ongoing at the unit, following a Government grant of 150,000 to update and improve facilities, a decision was taken to postpone the celebrations.
Dawn Morall, assistant director of midwifery and nursing at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, praised the ‘unwavering’ support Stroud residents had shown for the service over the last 60 years and said the unit would not be celebrating without it.
Her colleague Dhushy Mahendran, the chief of women’s and children’s services, said: “We are delighted that Stroud Maternity has benefitted from this upgrade and now looks particularly good for its 60 years.”
“What has remained unchanged over the last 60 years is the caring environment provided by highly skilled midwifery staff. We hope that all this work will encourage more women to choose Stroud Maternity for their births.”
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