Kingston Hospital’s maternity team welcomed a very special group of babies to the world on Saturday 29 February.
Born on a leap year, these children are in the rare position of celebrating their birthday only once in every four years.
Gemma Sergejev, mother of baby Charlotte, born at 1.15am on 29 February, said: “I think it’s awesome and we are really pleased that Charlotte was born today. She’s very lucky – she will be young forever!”
Claire Kenny, mother of baby Lizzie, born at 4.25am, said: “My husband was really keen for Lizzie to be a leap year baby, so we are very excited. My sister and I were also born in a leap year, so it is nice to share this with Lizzie.”
Rebecca, mother of baby Isabella, born at 4.29am, said: “I’m excited for Isabella, it is a very special thing and she will always have something to say as an office ice breaker!”
Kingston Hospital’s Director of Midwifery, Gina Brockwell, said: “It is a pleasure to support every parent’s journey with us here at Kingston Hospital and the birth of a baby is always a precious time, but it is particularly fascinating to think of those born on a leap year and whose birthdays will only fall once in every four years. Many congratulations to the families of all our leap year babies.”
For more information about Kingston Hospital’s Maternity Unit, visit www.kingstonmaternity.org.uk .
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About Kingston Hospital:
We are an NHS district general hospital supporting around 350,000 local people across Kingston, Richmond, Roehampton, Putney and East Elmbridge.
In 2018, Kingston Hospital became the first acute hospital trust in London to be rated Outstanding for overall quality and leadership by the national Care Quality Commission regulator.
We have approximately 350 beds and directly employ around 2,900 staff. Our trust provides a full range of diagnostic services and treatment services.
On an average day, 350 people are seen in our accident and emergency department, 13 babies are delivered, over 1,200 outpatient appointments take place and 180 patients are admitted onto our wards for treatment.
Our main site is the Kingston Hospital site but we also run a number of outpatients clinics in the community, including in Raynes Park, Surbiton, Queen Mary's Roehampton and Teddington.
We are proud of our values and of always putting our patients first.
About Kingston Hospital Charity:
Charitable donations to Kingston Hospital Charity help provide a quality of care that is over and above what is possible with NHS funding alone. Kingston Hospital Charity supports Kingston Hospital by raising the monies needed to: fund high quality clinical research; help transform parts of the hospital estate that require additional investment to create patient-centred spaces, designed to deliver the best quality of care possible; purchase the latest medical equipment for better diagnosis and treatment; and recognise the dedication and caring commitment of staff by supporting their development and wellbeing.
For further information please visit www.khc.org.uk