MAKING sure the health of a mother-to-be – as well as their baby’s – is fine during and after pregnancy is an important task.
It’s something midwife Caroline Weeks does extremely well and has helped hundreds of families.
She was the winner in the Midwife of the Year category at this year’s The News Best of Health Awards.
Caroline, who works from the Southsea Medical Centre, in Carlisle Road, Southsea was moved to tears when her name was announced.
She said: ‘I was very shaken when my name was called out because I wasn’t expecting this.
‘I qualified as a midwife in 1987 and have been working in Southsea Medical Centre for 22 years, and I can honestly say I absolutely love it.
‘I just didn’t expect this at all. I knew I was nominated and I was amazed at that.
‘So thank you to everyone, I’m so pleased to have won.’
The evening was hosted by Wave 105 DJ Steve Powers and the Midwife of the Year category was sponsored by Portsmouth Cultural Trust.
Caroline was nominated by Lynsey Warnes, who said: ‘Caroline makes you feel so well cared for and so comfortable as if she was looking after a member of her own family.
‘She comes into the waiting room and remembers everyone she’s cared for by name.
‘She always listens to what you have to say and makes you believe in yourself if you have any worries about labour or birth.
‘And she will go out of her way to be flexible with you if you’re running late, she understands and still makes you feel welcome when you arrive despite her being very busy.
‘And she maintains her professional role and makes you feel safe and reassured.’
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End-of-life care takes prize in new category
NEW to the awards was the Innovation of the Year category.
And first to take the winning trophy was Dr Jon Price, of the Osborne Road Practice, in Osborne Road, Southsea, for his end-of-life care programme.
Nationally, Dr Price’s work has placed the Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group in the best 20 per cent in the country in a number of indicators.
This includes lower-than-average deaths in hospital, with more end-of-life care patients choosing, and being supported, to die at home, in a care home or hospice.
Dr Price said: ‘I was very honoured and pleased to receive this award on behalf of everyone who has been working with me on improving end-of-life care.
‘I was honoured to be in the company of the other nominees and feel slightly embarrassed to have won this.
‘The work that I lead on is about improving end-of-life care, a sensitive and important area of work that involves lots of people and I thank them for their work.
‘I hope we have made a difference and continue to do so, thank you very much.’
Runner-up in this category was Ian Douglas for his interactive theatre play for mental health patients called Down the Rabbit Hole.
- Don’t miss more reaction from the Best Health Awards – in The News tomorrow.