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People who you may meet ...

This page contains pictures and information on some of the various maternity or associated speciality staff and independant  representatives that you may encounter during your visit / stay.

 

However, this list is in no way definitive as there are many different and varied posts within the Trust / department and in some areas (predominately Delivery Suite and the Obstetric Theatres) many different ‘grades’ of staff will be dressed similarly (i.e. all wearing light blue ‘theatre type’ uniforms).

 

If you have any doubt / questions please do of course ask any member of our staff who will be happy to help you or point you in the direction of someone who can!

 

Midwives

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Midwives

There are various grades of Midwife (and some will have specialist training/knowledge such as breastfeeding, water birth deliveries, etc.,) but they are all experts in normal pregnancy and birth. Matronswear a red top and are generally in charge of specific areas or teams of staff. Sisters wear a navy top and are responsible for coordinating the day-to-day running of the ward area as well as caring for mothers and babies.

 

The other midwives who wear the royal and light blue tops will be directly responsible for looking after the women allocated to them. Please note – staff working on the Delivery Suite will wear a light blue ‘theatre’ style uniform. On our Midwifery Led Unit (Aspen Ward) we actively encourage staff to wear something more casual/colourful to compliment the informal nature of the environment.

 


 

Student Midwives

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Student Midwife

Student midwives work in our units to develop their practical skills as part of their university qualification. They are always supervised by a trained midwife (although some students who are working in their final year of practice are sufficiently trained to perform certain tasks independently). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Anaesthetist

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Anaesthetist

An anaesthetist is a doctor who is specially trained to work in many areas. They provide pain relief, general anaesthesia with drugs that make you go to sleep and also take care of patients on intensive care.

 

Obstetric anaesthetists specialise in giving anaesthetics to pregnant women and work with the obstetricians to take care of more complex cases. They are more likely to be seen wearing ‘theatre blues’ even during consultations as they might be called away to theatres. They will be there to do your epidural but also if you need any operation such as a caesarean section. There is always a senior anaesthetist available. They provide monthly classes to discuss pain relief in labour and answer all your questions regarding anaesthesia.

  

 

 


Obstetrician / Paediatrician 

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Consultant Obsetrician / Paediatrican

The Obstetric consultant is the lead doctor specialising in the care of women during pregnancy, labour and soon after the birth. He/she leads a team of obstetricians who will refer directly to him/her where necessary. Whilst most of your antenatal care is provided by midwives, they or your G.P. will refer you for an appointment with either the Consultant or Registrar if they have a particular concern, such as previous complications of pregnancy or labour or chronic illness. If everything is straightforward, a midwife will usually deliver your baby.

 

The Paediatric consultant is a lead doctor specialising in the care of babies and children and will be involved in the care of sick babies in the Special Care Baby Unit. You may also see him/her if antenatally if it is anticipated that there may be problems with your baby after delivery. 

 

 

 


Registrar / Senior House Officer (SHO)

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Registrar / Senior House Officer (SHO)

The Obstetric Registrar is a mid to high grade doctor. They work in a consultant's team and will run outpatient clinics, surgery; procedures etc. as well as take over when the Consultant is off. There is always a registrar present in the maternity unit.

 

The Paediatric Registrar is a mid to high grade doctor. They work predominantly in the outpatients department, Children’s ward and Special care Baby unit, but will be in attendance at any difficult or high risk delivery. If your baby should have any problems, you will be able to talk this over with the paediatrician.

 

The Obstetric Senior House Officer (SHO) are in a doctors training capacity either as part of a general rotation or as specialists. They work under the supervision of the Registrar and Consultant. The paediatric SHO are in a doctors training capacity either as part of a general rotation or as specialists. They work under the supervision of the Registrar and Consultant and may check your baby after the birth to make sure all is well and will be present when your baby is born if you have had a difficult labour. If your baby is born at home or your stay in hospital is short, you may not see a paediatrician at all as many of the midwives are trained to undertake the newborn examination.

 

 

 

 

 


Maternity Support Worker (MSW) / Maternity Care Assistant (MCA) 

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Maternity Support Worker (MSW) / Maternity Care Assistant (MCA)

Maternity Care Assistants (MCA’s) and Maternity Support Workers (MSW’s) assist midwives and other staff in providing support to women and their families. They carry out basic care and also undertake delegated clinical procedures such as removal of intravenous cannula. They help with baby care and provide support to mothers during the postnatal period. MSW’s work in the community setting, assisting midwives with antenatal clinics, postnatal care and breastfeeding problems.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Neonatal Nurse 

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Neonatal Nurse

Neonatal nurses are specially trained to care for newborn babies. They work mainly in the Neonatal Unit (Walnut Ward) but also support babies on the Maternity Ward. They wear similar uniforms to the midwives and/or in ‘blues’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ward Clerk / Receptionist 

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Ward Clerk / Receptionist

Receptionists are often the first people you will meet when you arrive. It is normally they who answer the intercom and direct patients and visitors as they arrive. They also answer the phone and carry out a variety of admin and clerical tasks which are vital to the smooth running of the unit. Ward Clerks are responsible for tracking all patients’ notes within the unit as well as creating new records (for newborn babies!) and liaising with other staff and departments to ensure patient information is handled in a secure and timely manner. They both wear the same dark blue ‘spotted’ top.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hearing Screener

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Hearing Screener

We are the Newborn Hearing Screeners and offer the screen to all babies born at Darent Valley Hospital. We screen babies from 5 hours of age to 12 weeks. One to two babies in every 1000 are born with some degree of hearing loss so the screening test will allow early detection. This is important for the development of the child. The test is carried out while the baby is asleep or settled and does not hurt the baby. This is the only routine hearing screening test offered.

 


Support Team Assistant (STA) /  Housekeeper 

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Support Team Assistant (STA)/Housekeeper

Support Team Assistants (in white tops) are responsible for patient catering at ward level, preparing patient meals in the ward kitchen ensuring that breakfast is cleared away, hot drinks made and handed to the patient, changing water jugs & emptying patient table bins. They will order stock for the kitchen and ensure that good food hygiene practices are adhered to. Housekeepers (in burgundy tops) are responsible for the cleaning of the ward, restocking of consumables).  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The 'Bounty' Representative 

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The 'Bounty' Representative

The ‘bounty lady’ is likely to be found on the labour or postnatal wards ‘bearing gifts’! These ‘Bounty packs’ are normally given out free and contain guides, samples and other useful items for you and your baby. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Who else

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Who Else

In addition to the staff listed/shown above there are a number of others who work hard to ensure your stay/visit with us is our top priority. These include medical secretaries, maternity secretaries, community staff, health records personnel, health and safety staff, data entry and data quality staff, clinical coders, security staff, cleaners, porters, clinic staff, theatre staff and many more!