A WOMAN who has played a role in helping bring hundreds of babies into the world in Burton has retired after nearly 40 years.
Gill Salmon, head of midwifery at Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has said goodbye to her colleagues after more than 39 years’ dedicated service to the NHS.
She trained as a general nurse and came to Burton in 1977.
Mrs Salmon worked in the neonatal unit for a short while before deciding to train as a midwife in 1988.
“It was the best decision I have ever made,” she said.
“It’s been lovely working here and we are such a close knit team in midwifery services with everyone working together to create the best experience possible for mums and babies.”
Although she knows she has delivered more than 500 babies during her career, she said she does not know the exact number.
“When you start delivering the babies of women who you delivered it is quite something – and that has happened to me a few times.”
The retiree said the biggest change she has seen during her career is that women are now far more involved in their care.
“There is much more choice and flexibility around how women give birth which is such a positive thing,” she added.
Helen Ashley, chief executive of the trust, thanked Gill for her years of service and the significant leadership contribution she had made to maternity services at Burton Hospitals.
The former midwife revealed she was delighted that the quality of midwifery services at the trust has earned it a place in the final three of a prestigious national award for excellence in maternity care.
CHKS, the UK’s leading independent provider of healthcare intelligence and quality improvement, has said that the quality of the Trust’s care at Queen’s Hospital, in Belvedere Road, puts it in the top three out of 148 NHS maternity providers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The winner will be announced in May 2014.