Family brings ice cream van to Southmead Hospital to thank maternity staff

A man holds a baby inside an ice cream van

Maternity staff at Southmead Hospital were treated to ice-creams as a thank-you for their care of a family when they had their baby earlier this year.

Mum and Dad Natasha and Sav brought their three-month-old son Luciano Lopresti along with them as they returned to Southmead with their ice-cream van yesterday (5 July).

The grateful family, who have five ice-cream vans, handed out more than 100 ice-creams during their visit and were delighted to catch-up with some of the staff who had helped care for them back in March.

Three women grouped together, smiling. One in navy blue midwife uniform holds an ice-cream

“We wanted to say thank-you because we were so impressed by the care we received and how lovely everyone was – it was brilliant,” Natasha said.

“We just wanted to give something back.

“Because it was the NHS birthday there was a really nice atmosphere.

“We brought the baby with us and staff came out to see us and it was really nice to be able to see them in person and say thank-you.”

Women & Children's Health Divisional Operations Director, Claire Weatherall, and Head of Midwifery and Nursing, Julie Northrop, said:

“We would like to thank Rachel Cox our Ward Manager on the Percy Phillips Wards for arranging this NHS 75th Birthday Celebration and also a HUGE thank you to Natasha and Sav for their wonderful generosity to show their gratitude to our staff for the care they received when Luciano was born."