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30 January 2020

ITV This Morning celebrates nurses and midwives at St Michael’s Hospital

Presenter Dr Larisa Corda interviewed midwives and nurses to hear why they joined the professions and what it's like to work at St Michael's, whilst patients shared their experiences of fantastic care at the hospital.Nurses, midwives and their patients at St Michael's Hospital in Bristol shared their inspirational stories on ITV This Morning today (30 January 2020) as part of celebrations for the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

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Dr Larisa met staff from throughout the hospital including the central delivery suite, postnatal wards and gynaecology and some of the interviews were part of a segment on the show today.

Sarah Windfeld, head of midwifery, said: "I am proud and delighted that This Morning chose St Michael's Hospital to show what a wonderful job our midwives do every day helping and supporting mothers and their families at such an important time. As midwives, we are privileged to share with families this special time when their baby is born."

Sarah was interviewed with Sue French, the midwife who delivered her son Tom at St Michael's Hospital in 1991. Both Sarah and Sue, pictured right with Dr Larisa Corda, still work at the Trust.

"It was amazing to be interviewed with Sue and a little bit emotional too as it brought back so many happy memories," added Sarah.

Sue has worked at the Trust since 1981. Her mum was a nurse and her sister is a midwife in northern England. Sue said: "Being interviewed by ITV This Morning was a very special thing to do and really exciting. I really do love my job and feel so very lucky to work in such a fantastic team."

Also interviewed were mum and daughter Liz and Lauren Mackley who both work at St Michael's. Liz, a midwife in antenatal, trained in Bristol with Sarah and has worked at the Trust since 1981. Both of her children were born at St Michael's, including Lauren who qualified as a staff nurse two-and-a-half years ago after first working as a nursing assistant seven years ago.

Liz said: "It was nice to be there as mother and daughter. I feel very proud having a daughter in the hospital as well. We both felt honoured to represent the Trust where we've both worked for a long time."

Lauren said: "I was really nervous but Dr Larisa made us feel very at ease, as did the whole team. I l love the fact that I work at the same place as my mum and I'm proud to work in the NHS."

Sue Sheriton, nursery nurse on the transitional care ward, said: "I was a bag of nerves but after I did the interview I felt very proud. It was really nice. I love working with the fantastic team at St Michael's."

Linda Bond, midwifery assistant, has worked at the Trust since 1978 and is still working now aged 74. She said: "It was really nice to be interviewed as I've been working in the NHS for so many years. I'm really happy to still be working at St Michael's."

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(L-R) Nursery nurse Sue Sheriton with Dr Larisa Corda

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Dr Larisa Corda (centre) with the central delivery suite team

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Dr Larisa Corda with mother and daughter Liz and Lauren Mackley

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Linda Bond, midwifery assistant has worked at the Trust since 1978

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Dr Larisa Corda caught up with new parents Max and Emma Randall and their newborn twin girls, Ivy and Matilda

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Elaine Lindley retired as a midwife in September 2019 but has returned to St Michael's Hospital as a ward clerk