Published On: Wed, Apr 30th, 2014 on 1:39 pm

Bradford midwife receives surprise invite to Buckingham Palace

Gillian Simpson BRI

Gillian Simpson (centre) with fellow midwives at the BRI

A midwife from the Bradford Royal Infirmary (BRI) has received a surprise invitation to a Buckingham Palace garden party.

Gillian Simpson, 59, has worked at the hospital for over 40 years and was surprised when she received the exclusive invite from the West Yorkshire Lord Lieutenant, Ingrid Roscoe, on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen.

She was nominated by her work colleagues Rachel Douglas and Clare Cummings who felt she deserved Royal recognition for her hard work at the labour ward as she approaches retirement.

Rachel and Clare said: “Gillian makes everyone feel valued and supported on what is a very busy labour ward here at the BRI.

“Gillian is a role-model to junior staff; she loves her job and will be sorely missed when she retires. All her colleagues agree that she deserves recognition for her hard work and devotion, not just to the NHS, but to the women of Bradford.”

Mrs Simpson qualified from St Luke’s Hospital in 1973 as a nursery nurse and worked in the special care baby unit until she started midwifery training in 1975. She later qualified as a midwife in 1977.

She currently works as the labour ward’s coordinator of midwives, managing the midwives on a shift.

Recounting the time she received the surprise invitation to Buckingham Palace, Mrs Simpson said: “I was so shocked when I opened the letter because it came as such a surprise to me that I just started crying.

“You just get on with the job and you would like to be liked but you never really know if you are or not, and then something fantastic like this lands on your lap and you are just in shock.”

Mrs Simpson will be accompanied to the garden party on 3 June by her husband Robert.

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