New Midwife Struggling To Find Accommodation

St Mary's Hospital is run by Peninsula Community Health

Whether Scilly gets a full-time community midwife could be in the hands of islanders or landlords with property here.

Earlier this year, residents expressed concern that mums-to-be could be left without a permanent nurse who would guide them through every stage of their pregnancy.

The Health Service has filled the role with temporary workers since midwife Annie Oldham retired in May.

They promised to find a full-time post holder and last week offered the job to Annabel Bradburn, a Hertfordshire-based midwife with 14-years experience.

But Annabel has been unable to find an affordable home to rent for her family of four and she says she can’t accept the job until she finds somewhere to live.

Last week the community midwife position was given key worker status, which means the holder could apply for Council or Duchy homes that are ring-fenced for essential workers.

Annabelle says there are none currently available.