Princess Anne visits maternity unit
Britain’s Princess Anne paid a visit to Bradford’s award-winning maternity unit on Tuesday (10.05.16).
The 65-year-old royal – the daughter of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip – is the patron of the Royal College of Midwives and gave up an hour of her time to meet the staff, new mothers and their babies at the Bradford Royal Infirmary.
Professor Clive Kay, chief executive of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are extremely honoured to welcome the Princess Royal. We’ve got a busy maternity unit here with a diverse ethnic population. We’re very well respected and have great team spirit. We’ve got so much to be proud of and to showcase as a centre.”
Even though her visit was short, the princess did get a special treat as she became one of the first people to meet little Joseph Oyeniyi, who was born just two hours earlier.
Throughout the duration of her time at the training centre, Anne was given a tour of the birthing pool and was given a demonstration of the work the British Royal Infirmary does at its maternity unit, where 5,820 babies were born last year.
The visit was led by Julie Walker – head of midwifery – and the princess was given the chance to hear about the £49 million Better Start Bradford project, which aims to give babies in the city’s deprived areas a better start in life.