Saint Mary’s bereavement services nominated for a national award
The bereavement team at Saint Mary's have been shortlisted in
this year's national Butterfly Awards, in the categories of 'Best
Hospital Bereavement Service' and 'Medical Professional'.
The Butterfly Awards recognise families for the strength and
courage they have shown during the loss of a baby, and
professionals for the work they do supporting families through this
The awards are decided by way of a public vote, with all
categories open to the public to choose the winners.
Bereavement specialist midwives Emma Lane and Vicky Holmes set
up the Saint Mary's Bereavement service in 2013, after identifying
a gap in the care we were providing to bereaved parents.
Their role includes spending time with bereaved parents, and
providing a bereavement phone service after they have left our
care. They also hold coffee mornings during the year for parents
and support them in future pregnancies by attending scans with
them. They also train and educate other staff on best practice in
Emma and Vicky said of the service:
"We are devoted and highly motivated in providing an
excellent standard of bereavement care and support to parents
showing empathy, respect and compassion."
Consultant obstetrician Dr Alex Heazell has also been nominated
for developing 'The Rainbow Clinic', a clinic that supports
previously bereaved parents in future pregnancies.
Dr Heazell and the Rainbow Clinic have been instrumental in
reducing the stillbirth rate by 20% at Saint Mary's through
Dr Heazell said:
"I am absolutely thrilled to have been shortlisted for a
"The Rainbow Clinic has now cared for over 200 families;
this has been the most rewarding part of my career to
Voting is open until Thursday September 11th, cast
your vote at www.butterflyawards.com.
Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in October.