MIDWIVES at Barnsley Hospital missed out on a top maternity award from the prestigious Royal College Of Midwives.

They had been shortlisted in the 'Maternity Services of the Year' category and were up against The Ipswich Hospital and Powys Teaching Health Board.

They attended an awards ceremony in London last Thursday, but lost out to the team from Ispwich.

Sue Gibson, head of midwifery at Barnsley Hospital said it was ''an honour to have been shortlisted and was a tribute to hard working staff.''

The hospital's had a great start to 2013. Last week, we reported that they had been awarded £748,482 in funding from the Department of Health to improve facilities on their maternity unit.