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Essex’s new High Sheriff tours fetal medicine unit

03 August 2015


The new High Sheriff of Essex paid a visit to Southend University Hospital’s Kypros Nicolaides fetal medicine unit last week, a leading regional clinical and research centre for the assessment and treatment of unborn babies and the only one of its kind in Essex.

Vincent Thompson, who is the Queen's representative in the county, was accompanied by his wife Diana, chief executive of Southend Borough Council, Rob Tinlin, and Andrew Clarke from the Essex Community Foundation.

The group toured the unit, which was open to patients late last year, with clinical director and head of midwifery & gynaecology Colleen Begg, trust chairman Alan Tobias OBE and chief executive Sue Hardy.

Southend University chief executive, Sue Hardy, said: "Visits from the High Sheriff are important in highlighting the great work being done by so many people here at Southend University Hospital. As well as giving the High Sheriff the opportunity to witness this work and facilities first-hand it showcases how we are making a real positive difference to the lives of families and their newborns in south east Essex."

Photo (l-r):

Alan Tobias OBE, Mrs Diana Thompson, Vincent Thompson, Andrew Clarke, Sue Hardy, Colleen Begg, Debbie Stock (midwife), Sharon Murrell (modern matron).