Goodbye... for now!

Goodbye... for now!

Hi all

I’m writing this post to make you aware that I will be away from the site for a while as of next week, as my husband and I are expecting our first baby and I go on maternity leave on Monday.

Through working on the helpline for 5 and ½ years I have had the pleasure of speaking to a number of you and some of you I may even have directed to this forum during a helpline call. I am very fortunate to work for such a worthwhile charity and to be in a role where I get to connect with so many lovely people. The forum has gone through many changes over the years, but has continued to grow and be a source of great support to so many of you and I am glad to have been a part of this.

It’s been a busy few months for me at NRAS. Some of you may well have spoken to my colleagues Sally and Beverley, who started in January and have had a lot to learn in a short space of time. Luckily for me, they are doing amazingly well and are picking things up very quickly, so I know I’m leaving the helpline and forum in capable hands!

Sally and Beverley will be joining Ruth as admins on the NRAS HealthUnlocked forum, so you are likely to start to see them on here more and more often and I know you will make them feel welcome.

I wanted you to all be aware of my leaving as I know that as one of the admins who has been with this site since it was set up, many of you have got used to contacting me by PM with your concerns and questions, and I wouldn’t want any of your questions to me to go unanswered. You are welcome to send messages to the other admins and of course, you can always contact the admins or anyone else from NRAS by email:

If you have concerns about a particular post, question or response on HU, please click on the word ‘report’, next to the text you want us to investigate. This will generate an email to all admins, which includes the reported text for them to be able to decide on what appropriate action to take.

I wish you all well and look forward to seeing some old and familiar faces when I return.

Best wishes


Senior Information and Support Coordinator

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39 Replies

  • All the best to you and your husband Victoria, and hope you have the best time with your new addition.


  • Hello Victoria,

    Wishing you all the very best for your new arrival.

    Look forward for your return

    BOB Healthwatch

  • HI BOB Healthwatch- are you part of the HU site? what is Healthwatch? is there a link? many thanks Sal

  • Not yet we are all feeling our way at the moment I have a course soon so will see what happens.

    Healthunlocked at this time has no representation and this site is more for members support.

    Therefore what we write are our own opinions, this is not policy at this time Will see what

    will happen in the future though

    At this time personally I am dealing with my area, including GP surgery I will be also working regards mental health problems, inspections and patient complaints etc I will also be involved possibly with health practice in various locations, with patient needs

    With my signing above I had been dealing with something related to Healthwatch and let slip, sorry.


  • Hello Victoria,

    What wonderful news about your baby. Please do keep us in touch with how it all goes. A picture of the new arrival would be lovely.

    Thank you so much for all your help on the forum.

    Enjoy your rest (haha) and come back soon.

    Judy xx

  • Well done Victoria, all the best for the future. xx

  • Congratulations and really enjoy your baby. Are you coming back after your leave. . .? Will miss you and thanks for all the support xxA

  • Lovely news - good luck lots of love x

  • Good luck Victoria- wonderfully exciting times are ahead, so remember to relax and enjoy the rest before the baby arrives


  • Many congratulations and all my best wishes to you and hubby for the future xxx

    (PS - A photo of baby would be lovely).

  • Bob Healthwatch- is Healthwatch another forum? Are you a side shoot off HU? Do you have a link please?


  • Hello

    No it is not a Forum

  • I'm so very pleased to hear your news Victoria and wish your growing family many happy times together. Thank you so much for all your support when I've needed to chat things through, you are all amazing up there. Look after yourself and make sure you get some quality time for yourself before that little bundle arrives. Looking forward to photos please

  • Hey....Good Luck to you both.......Enjoy every moment will fly by..

    Best Wishes and rest up...Tee Hee


  • Good luck and best wishes Victoria! xx

  • Congratulations and best wishes Victoria. x

  • Congratulations, to echo others, will be looking for a photo :) thanks for your help in years past xx

  • Congratulations to you both. Have just had my third grandchild (3 in 2 years lol). Babies bring such joy. Best wishes x

  • Great news, Victoria! All the very best....Claire x

  • Goodbye Victoria and congratulations to you and your husband. Enjoy you time with your new baby when it arrives.

    Thanks for your assistance over this last 2 years


  • How exciting - congratulations. Thank you for all your support on the helpline and for your work as an admin on this forum. Take care, Fran

  • Congratulations, great news enjoy your time of rest :) hope you are back soon

    Jen xx

  • Congratulations and all the best for your new arrival. It is a joyful time welcoming a baby and I hope it all goes wonderfully well for you and your husband.

  • Best wishes with your baby! And thankyou for all your support

    Let us know how things are going


  • Wishing you all the best

    Kind regards


  • Victoria thank you for your help and support over the last year or so, If you need help and support with your baby theres plenty here who will help. Good Luck Mattcass

  • How lovely,enjoy your rest before the little one arrives & make the most of your precious time when the babe is young,they grow up way to quickly. Keep intouch x

  • wishing you and your husband all the best x

  • Congratulations! Enjoy every minute of your new little person because they grow up really fast. Xxx

  • Yeepeee. Enjoy the break from work and the exiting time with a new human being!

  • Enjoy the time spent before your arrival and when the time comes ' welcome to the world baby, we wish you a wonderful life and we hope all your dreams are fulfilled.' Take care Victoria and thanks for all your help. xx

  • Congratulations, enjoy your time off with the new baby, wishing you all the very best xx

  • Victoria, take care of yourself and your baby. I hope everything goes well for you. Come back when it's all over and let us know about your wee family. All the very best. Jean Martin .

  • Congratulations!!! Best wishes, they are tiny for such a short time, so enjoy!!!

  • Congratulations Victoria and best wishes to you and your family.


  • All the best to you. xxx

  • Thank you all for your kind words of support and congratulations. It means a lot to me that you have taken the time to post and it's lovely seeing comments from so many people both old and new to the forum.

    Yes, I am happy to post on here with an update to let you know when the baby's born and to show you a photo. I am due in early May, but these things never go to plan of course!

    Thank you so much and I wish you all well over the next 6 months!

    Kind regards


  • good luck for the future and enjoy your new baby when he/she arrives .

    Sending you all the luck and best wishes.


  • All the very best Victoria - how lovely to begin a new family! Enjoy every minute, even the trying ones, they're so very precious. Look forward to hearing when baby arrives. Pat xx

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