The New Year brought in a very special arrival for a West Norfolk family.
Vallene and Matthew Curtis, who live in Terrington St John, have welcomed their 6lb 6oz baby girl.
She arrived at 2.04am at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital on New Year’s morning.
Mrs Curtis says the youngster is doing well and has thanked hospital staff for their care.
The girl was one of six babies to be delivered in the hospital’s new maternity unit on New Year’s Day.
Meanwhile, hospital bosses have played down a weekend warning of congestion at its accident and emergency department.
A post from the EastCambs Cops Twitter account on Sunday afternoon said: “Officers report that Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn A&E heavily congested with 16 ambulances queued. Please avoid unnecessary attendance.”
But hospital officials have denied there was such a high number of vehicles outside the department.
Dominic Chessum, the hospital’s head of communications, said: “We did have some pressure as there were a few more people than usual attending A&E. But it was not significant.”
Health service chiefs in West Norfolk have staged a number of publicity campaigns in recent months in a bid to encourage patients to use alternative sources of care instead of going to an A&E department when they do not need to.