A boy’s parents whose son was the first to be born at a new maternity ward four years ago recalled their “huge gratitude” to staff on his fourth birthday.

Oliver Suda, from Enfield, was born in North Middlesex University Hospital’s then brand-new maternity unit’s birth centre in November 2013.

His arrival came on the opening day of the unit.

A few months later Oliver met Her Royal Highness Princess Anne at its official opening.

Oliver’s parents still remember the “amazing and professional care that we received at the time of Oliver’s birth”.

Tomas, his father, said: “Oliver is doing great.

“He is growing and progressing well, and makes one happy toddler who gives his parents a handful.

“His favourite toys are cars, of all kinds – typical boy that he is – but he also enjoys stories about Thomas the Tank Engine and police cars.

“Both his siblings – Tadeas and Freddie – as well as I and my wife, are drawing so much happiness from having Oliver in our lives.”

Over 20,000 babies have been born at the unit since Oliver.

The unit has birthing rooms with pools and double beds for partners.