BURTON'S Queen's Hospital has been handed 'highly commended' status at the West Midlands Health and Social Care Awards.
The Women and Children's Services Bereavement Support Team at Burton Hospitals NHS Trust was a short-listed finalist in the Dignity in Care category at a ceremony held in Birmingham.
The service supports families who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth or the death of a child or baby at the Belvedere Road hospital.
Since April, 2005, the trust's bereavement support midwives have developed the service through increased staff training and by working with the hospital chaplaincy service, registration services, funeral directors, crematorium and cemetery services and the Neonatal Death Society.
Cath Askey, a bereavement support midwife at Queen's Hospital, said: "We are really proud that the service we provide has been commended in this way.
"As a team, we are there to offer support and advice to those parents who have suffered the loss of a baby, whether this occurs during the pregnancy or after their baby is born.
"We can provide practical help and information to try and make what is a traumatic time, more bearable."
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