13 November 2017
Maternity staff from Nottingham Hospitals have created their own ‘Call the midwife’ calendar
Call the midwife! Maternity staff from Nottingham Hospitals have
created their own themed calendar.
A group of 29 members of staff from Ward C29 at the
Queen's Medical Centre have come together to raise money to
refurbish the breakfast room for patients.
Inspired by a similar calendar produced by a Reading
Hospital, Deputy Ward Sister, Kathryn Merrill brought the
fundraising idea to the ward's Shared Governance Council, a group
of staff that have collective ownership to develop and improve
Catherine Frain, Midwife and Chair of the Shared
Governance Council said: "We put up a poster on the ward to
register interest. It was fantastic to have so many staff willing
to get involved."
The group then arranged sponsors, outfits and locations to bring
Call the Midwife to life in Nottingham.
Hair and makeup was provided by students at New College
Nottingham and the photography was donated by Saul Isacc
Shot in the Hospital and at University of Nottingham
campus, the group dressed up as midwives, patients and nuns to take
photos themed around the months of the year.
Sian Gregory, Midwife from New Thorpe said: "It was a long, but
really fun day. Rita Mishra, our receptionist on C29, sorted out
the logistics for everyone. She was brilliant".
Members of the team particularly enjoyed dressing up as nuns.
Nicola George, Support Worker from Long Eaton, said: "We must have
had really convincing costumes as people thought we were real nuns
when we were walking around. They even stopped building work for
The first calendar was bought by recently retired Nottingham
University Hospital CEO, Peter Homa.
A variety of staff are featured in the calendar including
Midwives, Health Care Assistants, Reception staff, Consultants and
Joanne Woodhall, Midwife on C29 from Leicestershire said:
"Bringing together so many different job roles was really dynamic.
It was great to work with so many different people you wouldn't
necessarily see that much of day to day."
Gemma Herbert, Maternity Matron at QMC said: "C29 are an
exceptionally passionate team, who have truly embedded shared
governance within their area. They continue to show commitment and
dedication to improve the care women, babies and their families'
receive with us in Maternity on C29.
"Organising and producing this wonderful calendar is one of the
many brilliant ways they not only have raised money for NUH but
also worked together as a team. We all feel incredibly proud of
them and all their hard work!"
If you would like to buy a Call C29 calendar, click