Romford nurse awarded with OBE

Wendy Matthews

Director of Midwifery at BHRUHT

“Out of this world,” said the local hospital Director of Midwifery, as she collected her OBE from Princess Anne.

Wendy Matthews, the Deputy Chief Nurse and Director of Midwifery at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, collected her OBE on Wednesday May 9, and said: “The experience was amazing from start to finish. It was so nice that I could take my family along, they’re extremely proud. Princess Anne was lovely and she asked me about my role at the Trust and why I joined.”

Wendy, who has led huge improvements at the Trust’s Maternity department over the last five years, took her mum, son and husband along to collect her OBE for services to midwifery at Buckingham Palace.

They made the most of the special day, enjoying lunch at the Goring Hotel afterwards and even taking in West End show Dreamgirls to round it off.


Another highlight of the day for Wendy was meeting and spending time with other award recipients at the palace. She added: “It was really interesting and I was in awe of them. I’m still on cloud nine. It was a fantastic day that I will never, ever forget.”

The Romford MP Andrew Rosindell told The Enquirer: “I would like to congratulate Director of Midwifery, Wendy Matthews on having now received her OBE from the New Years Honours list. Wendy has worked tirelessly to improve the quality of midwifery at the Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust.

“With people like her at the helm of Patient Experience and Engagement, our services are in a great place to provide a gold standard of care. This is a great example of hardworking individuals getting the recognition they fully deserve.”



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