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Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust midwife made an OBE

PUBLISHED: 09:00 30 December 2017

Wendy Matthews has been made an OBE for her services to midwifery. Picture credit: BHRUT.

Wendy Matthews has been made an OBE for her services to midwifery. Picture credit: BHRUT.

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A top midwife has spoken of her shock at being acknowledged by the Queen in the New Years Honours list.

Wendy Matthews, the deputy chief nurse and director of midwifery at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust, has been made an OBE for her services to midwifery.

Wendy, who has led huge improvements to the trust’s maternity department over the last five years, said: “I’m so shocked and I really can’t believe it. It’s absolutely surreal as there are so many deserving people out there.

“I started out as a nurse and I still love it, but midwifery has always been my passion.

“I enjoy the partnership we as midwives have with women when they’re giving birth, and no one forgets the midwife who delivered their baby.

“We are honoured to be there and helping to deliver a baby makes you feel like you’re on cloud nine.”

Wendy has been a midwife since 1985 and is currently responsible for 24 hour maternity provision for one of the largest maternity units in the country.

She is also the lead nurse for gynaecology, sexual health, paediatrics and neonatology and has transformed the department which was rated as ‘failing ‘by the Care Quality Commission into being upgraded to ‘good’ in just one year.

In addition to her role at the trust, she is also the senior responsible officer for the maternity workstream under the East London Health & Care Partnership.

The mother-of-one also co-chairs the East London Local Maternity System, which aims to streamline maternity services across all local areas.

While her husband and son are hugely proud of her achievement, Wendy was most excited about telling her elderly parents, who she knows will be over the moon.

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