Southmead Hospital midwife celebrates 40 years of service

Friday, 3 November 2017

North Bristol NHS Trust employee Elaine Yard is celebrating working 40 years in midwifery.

Elaine Yard celebrates 40 years in midwifery

Senior Midwife Co-ordinator Elaine began her general nursing training at Southmead Hospital in 1977. After completing her midwifery training in Bath, Elaine started working at Southmead as a newly qualified midwife in 1982.

Elaine quickly progressed, becoming a Midwifery Sister in 1984, and then moved to work as a Community Midwife in 1994 for 18 months. Since then, Elaine has been working on the Central Delivery Suite at Southmead Hospital.

Now, Elaine passes her knowledge onto others in the team and student nurses, delivering multi-professional emergency training. Elaine also delivers PROMPT (Practical Obstetric Multi Professional Training), which is a training package used in over 85% of maternity units in the UK, and many other international centres. This training has led to improved outcomes for mothers and babies.

Elaine said: “I have trained most of the staff who work in Central Delivery Suite today. I enjoy training student midwives, offering them support and sharing knowledge.

“Some memorable moments for me include delivering many colleagues’ babies, most of who are grown up!”

The Central Delivery team celebrated Elaine’s milestone with cakes and coffee, and presented her with a special certificate.

Midwifery Matron Cathy Molloy commented: “We like to refer to Elaine as Delivery Suite royalty! She is a fantastic midwife and has imparted her knowledge and shared her experiences with student midwives, junior midwives and doctors and others who she has worked with over the years.

“Her support for her colleagues and her passion for training with PROMPT is exceptional. We are so pleased to have her in our team.”