Call the midwife! Maternity staff from Nottingham Hospitals have created their own themed calendar.
A group of 29 members of staff from Ward C29 at the Queen’s Medical Centre have come together to raise money to refurbish the breakfast room for patients.
Inspired by a similar calendar produced by a Reading Hospital, Deputy Ward Sister, Katherine Merrily brought the fundraising idea to the ward’s Shared Governance Council, a group of staff that have collective ownership to develop and improve practise.
Catherine Frain, Midwife and Chair of the Shared Governance Council said: “We put up a poster on the ward to register interest. It was fantastic to have so many staff willing to get involved.”
The group then arranged sponsors, outfits and locations to bring Call the Midwife to life in Nottingham.
Hair and makeup was provided by students at New College Nottingham and the photography was donated by Saul Isacc Photography.
Shot in the Hospital and at University of Nottingham campus, the group dressed up as midwives, patients and nuns to take photos themed around the months of the year.
Sian Gregory, Midwife from New Thorpe said: “It was a long, but really fun day. Rita Mishra, our receptionist on C29, sorted out the logistics for everyone. She was brilliant”.
Members of the team particularly enjoyed dressing up as nuns. Nicola George, Support Worker from Long Eaton, said: “We must have had really convincing costumes as people thought we were real nuns when we were walking around. They even stopped building work for us”.
The first calendar was bought by recently retired Nottingham University Hospital CEO, Peter Homa.
A variety of staff are featured in the calendar including Midwives, Health Care Assistants, Reception staff, Consultants and cleaning staff.
Joanne Woodhall, Midwife on C29 from Leicestershire said: “Bringing together so many different job roles was really dynamic. It was great to work with so many different people you wouldn’t necessarily see that much of day to day.”
Gemma Herbert, Head of Maternity services at QMC said: “C29 are an exceptionally passionate team, who have truly embedded shared governance within their area. They continue to show commitment and dedication to improve the care women, babies and their families’ receive with us in Maternity on C29.
“Organising and producing this wonderful calendar is one of the many brilliant ways they not only have raised money for NUH but also worked together as a team. We all feel incredibly proud of them and all their hard work!”
If you would like to buy a Call C29 calendar, click here.