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Princess Royal gives Lagan Valley Midwifery Unit Royal Seal of Approval

Health Minister Edwin Poots today welcomed HRH The Princess Royal to the Lagan Valley Hospital where she visited the Midwifery Unit (MLU).
Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Speaking during the visit to the unit which provides antenatal and postnatal care for more than 1400 women each year, the Minister said: “I would like to welcome HRH The Princess Royal, who is the Patron of the Royal College of Midwifery, to the Lagan Valley Hospital today. It is a great opportunity for HRH to witness firsthand the excellent work and dedication of the staff at the hospital.”

Princess Anne met with past and present senior Royal College of Midwifery representatives for approximately one hour. She also spent time talking to midwives and a mother who gave birth a couple of days ago.

The Minister concluded: “Since its opening the MLU at the Lagan Valley Hospital has seen 600 births. It is an excellent facility that offers new choices for women with low risk pregnancies where they can give birth in a ‘home from home’ environment led by skilled midwives who they have come to know.

“I would like to thank all the staff at Lagan Valley for their continuing hard work and commitment in providing this professional service for the people of Lisburn and surrounding areas.”

Notes to editors:

1. Current Maternity Service at Lagan Valley. Lagan Valley Hospital currently provides a 24-hour consultant-led obstetric service for low to medium-risk patients.

Services include:

  • Antenatal care;
  • Intrapartum care (consultant-led);
  • Postnatal care;
  • Day assessment;
  • Anomaly scans;
  • Fetal medicine clinic;
  • Breast feeding support;
  • Home birth support group.

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