Ayrshire’s call the midwife - A journey through nursing and midwifery

NHS Ayrshire & Arran, in partnership with the Royal College of Nursing Archives is hosting a nursing and midwifery exhibition to celebrate the rich and diverse history of nursing and midwifery.

The exhibition runs until March 20in the Heritage Centre, Saltcoats.

The nurses exhibition.

The nurses exhibition.

Ann Gow, Interim Nurse Director of NHS Ayrshire & Arran explains: “This exhibition celebrates the rich and diverse history of nursing and midwifery and showcases the ways in which nursing and midwifery has developed and diversified over the years.

“In NHS Ayrshire & Arran alone, we employ almost 4,000 nurses and midwives in a range of roles, including specialist roles. We hope that this exhibition will be interesting and will encourage nursing and midwifery as a career choice.”

Iona Colvin, Director of Health and Social Care for the North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership, says: “It is fascinating to see how the nursing profession changed over the years. Nurses now work in many settings including hospitals, health centres, nursing homes and in patients’ own homes.

”With the integration of health and social care, you are now as likely to see your nurse or midwife in a community setting, rather than in a hospital.”

As well as the exhibition, nursing and midwifery staff will host a series of drop in sessions every Friday afternoon, where members of the public can drop in and have a chat about all aspects of health and wellbeing.

Ms Gow adds: “A new year brings the opportunity to make resolutions to keep healthy. Our staff will be on hand to offer hints and tips from stopping smoking and doing more exercise, to losing weight and living with a long-term condition.”