Well what a scorcher it was, especially inside Lewisham's NHS tent. The tent was huge 3 times what I was expecting with representation from lots of different parts for Lewisham's health services all the staff were waering the most lovely bright orange t shirts (most fetching). The maternity table was all set up when I arrived with all bits and bobs to promote the Direct access to midwives service and the new Midwife led unit http://www.lewisham.nhs.uk/our_services/women__childrens__pathology/lewisham_birth_centre.aspx. I took along a bit of information about the MSLC with an opportunity for people to leave their information.
Mostly visitors wanted to know if they could get their blood pressure checked (No) and to get their hands on the funky highlighter pens. I was hoping Novelette and Michelle (the midwives staffing the stall) could demonstrate the service with a live birth but sadly it wasn't to be.
A big plus of us being there on the day was the opportunity to meet with other health services and meet the head of engagement at community health whom the committee could do lots with to improve our enagement with those using maternity services in Lewisham to help improve the service. Also met a lovely lady from community mental health who will run talking therapy groups for people with worries and anxiety which could be useful for new mums... Can't find her card though oopps. Just found it Naomi Mwasambili, Community Development Worker at Sth London and Maudsley NHS trust Lewisham psychological therapies service.
Caroline, Jessica, Daniela please comment and add your experiences of the day. It was a start what can we do next year to make it better?