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Midwife receives top honour for mentoring

A MIDWIFE from Drumquin has been honoured for her mentoring skills at a top awards ceremony in Belfast.

Tracey McAlynn, who is based at the South West Acute Hospital (SWAH) outside Enniskillen, was one of six finalists in the Queen’s University Best Hospital Mentor of the Year.

Another SWAH midwife, Rachel Byrne, was named as the overall winner of the award.

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The two Western Trust workers were nominated by second year midwifery students, Eimir Martin and Cora McCann.

Cora said, “Tracey McAlynn’s knowledge and skills are out of this world.

“It felt like we were a real team, working together to give women the best and safest childbirth experience.

“Tracey really does not realise how brilliant she is and what an impact she has had on me and on women and their families on a daily basis. Tracey is everything a midwife and a mentor should be.”

Responding to her nomination, the Drumquin woman said, “I am honoured to be nominated and it has been a pleasure to be Cora’s mentor during her placement at the South West Acute Hospital.”

Brenda McCabe, Western Trust Community Midwife Team Lead for Enniskillen and Omagh Hospitals, “This award was even more significant as they were nominated by the students themselves. Eimir and Cora are second year midwifery students in QUB. They felt their mentors inspired and guided them in their placements at the hospital in becoming midwives.”

Both Tracey and Rachel said they wished to thank Eimir and Cora for their nominations and look forward to working with the students in their future placements at the SWAH and for them to return as midwives in the near future.

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