Family’s praise for midwife who won compassion award

Laura Walsh receives her award from Bridget Lees, Director of Nursing, Midwifery, Allied Health Professionals and Quality

A bereaved family’s praise has won a midwife an award for her compassion and caring at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals annual staff awards. 

Laura Walsh, who is a specialist midwife in the Swan End of Life and Bereavement Team, supported mum Amanda Partington after she lost twins in 2021. 

She then went on to support her through the worries and anxieties of another pregnancy, helping safely deliver son Theo in January.  

Nominating Laura for the Compassion in Action Award, Theo’s grandma, Julie Partington said: “She went above and beyond in her job and has so much compassion. She listens to her patients and has a calming nature which in difficult times is reassuring. I can’t thank her enough. She is a very special lady.” 

Laura said she felt “very, very blessed to look after the families that I do” and have such an impact on people’s experiences of care. She also paid tribute to all the colleagues who supported her in her work. 

More than 400 nominations were received for the Celebrating Success 2023 Blackpool hospitals annual staff awards in a year which marks the service’s 75th birthday on 5 July. The ceremony was watched online by thousands of colleagues, family and members of the public. Watch the moment the winner was revealed.

The runners up were Julie Lucas, a Head and Neck Cancer Support Worker, and Louise Smith, an Advanced Clinical Nurse Practitioner. 

Posted in Home Page, NHS75, Press Releases.