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Award for caring at time of tragedy

Posted onPosted on 4th Apr

Three teams at Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust have received the Bereavement Team of the Year accolade at the Mariposa Awards.

The Early Pregnancy Unit (EPU), Ward 14, and Chaplaincy teams were jointly nominated by a patient who sadly experienced three early pregnancy losses.

Staff across all three teams played a vital role in supporting the patient and her husband — continue to do so as the couple navigate the difficult journey they are on to become parents.

The Mariposa Awards recognise medical professionals and others who make a real difference to the lives of people who have lost a baby.

The trust — which operates King’s Mill Hospital, Sutton; Mansfield Community Hospital; and Newark Hospital — said its teams work closely together to support families through loss.

It said patients are listened to, given the time they need, and have access to local support services. Support continues with follow-up phone calls and dedicated Rainbow clinics for families that have suffered multiple baby losses.

Families are also provided with personalised memory boxes, which include teddy bears, photos, footprints, and handprints that they can take home with them.

Kathryn Nuttall, matron for Women’s Health, said: “We are grateful that our services have been recognised with this award and honour.

“Our thanks mostly go to the courageous patient who bravely shared her experiences and nominated all three areas that have been part of her journey.

“Thanks go to all the Ward 14, EPU, and Chaplaincy teams, who all contribute day in and day out, providing care, comfort, and light during some very dark times.

“We are excited to continue networking and engaging with trusts outside our locality to share our good practice, and also to continue moving forward to ensure all those affected by baby loss have the support they want, need, and deserve.”