Medical professionals gathered at Deniliquin Hospital on Wednesday to celebrate International Nurses Day and International Day of the Midwife.
A barbecue breakfast was held in the hospital’s courtyard to recognise the amazing work that nurses and midwives do every day.
Midwife Ali Macdonald said celebrating with the nurses and midwives were doctors Marion Magee, Sydney Paul and Ben James, as well as Dr James’ wife Dr Rachel James who will start seeing patients in Deniliquin from August.
‘‘The doctors cooked bacon and egg rolls and provided fresh fruit platters. We also had the coffee van come along,’’ Mrs Macdonald said.
The barbecue was an early celebration for International Nurses Day, which is held on May 12 each year.
The local event was also a second celebration for International Day of the Midwife, which was on May 5.
On the actual International Day of the Midwife, a celebration was held with the community in the Deniliquin CBD.
Local midwives Rebecca Sides, Jess Butcher, Bec Pierce and Mrs Macdonald coordinated a stall at the Cressy Street Kiosk from where they offered pink and blue coloured cupcakes.
‘‘The International Day of the Midwife highlights the important role midwives play in the health of mothers, children and their families,’’ Mrs Macdonald said.
‘‘Some families that stopped by on that Saturday talked about the wonderful service and how much they appreciate us.’’