Tuesday 25 April 2017

Meet the family who've kept the Rotunda Maternity Hospital ticking over for generations

Rotunda Hospital staff through the generations. L to R: Kay Byrne, Lisa Byrne-Malone, Elizabeth Gallagher.
Rotunda Hospital staff through the generations. L to R: Kay Byrne, Lisa Byrne-Malone, Elizabeth Gallagher.

Chai Brady

Generations of cleaning staff from north Dublin have kept the oldest maternity hospital in the country neat and tidy for decades.

The Rotunda Hospital has been like "one big family" for staff who have worked there with their children and siblings.

Lisa Malone, who works in the hospital's household department, said: "We take pride in our work. It's an accomplishment when you come out and you know you've left it clean."

Her mother, Kay Byrne, and aunt, Elizabeth Gallagher, both from Poppintree, also worked in the hospital before they retired. Lisa has been working at the hospital for 10 years.

Rotunda Hospital staff through the generations. L to R: Kay Byrne, Lisa Byrne-Malone, Elizabeth Gallagher.
Rotunda Hospital staff through the generations. L to R: Kay Byrne, Lisa Byrne-Malone, Elizabeth Gallagher.

They were all born in the Rotunda, as were Lisa's three children. Her eldest daughter, who is now 27, also gave birth to her son there.

Lisa's mum retired five years ago, while her dad worked in the mortuary at Richmond Hospital, which is now closed, for 43 years. Both her brothers also worked in hospitals.

"The atmosphere was fantastic at night and the midwives were just awesome - they had so much respect for me," said Lisa.

"They were very good to work with - a very good team. They were just fabulous.

Rotunda Hospital staff through the generations. L to R: Kay Byrne, Lisa Byrne-Malone, Elizabeth Gallagher.
Rotunda Hospital staff through the generations. L to R: Kay Byrne, Lisa Byrne-Malone, Elizabeth Gallagher.

Clinical Midwife Manager Geraldine Gannon said: "Our cleaning staff are so efficient, discreetly making sure that all wards and rooms are thoroughly cleaned.

"It has been a very busy year, but the work ethic, input and spirit of the team has been exemplary and we thank them sincerely for that effort."

Susan Jones (56) works as a care assistant in the Rotunda with her daughter Nicky (31). They live opposite each other on Dorset Street. Susan has worked in the hospital for 15 years, while Nicky has worked alongside her for 12.

"I love the place and concept. It's a really rewarding job, especially in a maternity hospital," said Susan.

"People have a happy outcome, where they have a baby coming home."

Susan and Nicky were both born in the Rotunda, and Nicky's two children, Scott (12) and Zara (6), were born there too.

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