Access - One Name Field with Spaces

Please offer how I can separate out a name field that has the following in one field:

first name, middle initial/name (may not always be included, last name - in one field



All become:


The last name formula works, but the first name does not:

Last Name: Mid([Name First/Last],InStrRev([Name First/Last]," ")+1) - works

First Name: Left([Patient First/Last],InStr([Patient First/Last]," ")-1) - does not work

Thank you.
exp vgAsked:
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exp vgAuthor Commented:
Additionally - there may be more than one middle name.



will still become


This name field is always separated by a space.

Thank you.
exp vgAuthor Commented:
I can also do this in Excel - with some manual manipulation - but it is appreciated if I can do this in Access .
Thank you.
Dale FyeOwner, Developing Solutions LLCCommented:
What do you mean that:

First Name: Left([Patient First/Last], InStr([Patient First/Last]," ") -1)

does not work?  That syntax appears to be correct.  What value are you getting in the [First Name] field of your query?

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You may need to trim the [Patient First/Last] value before the manipulation. Try this:
First Name: Left(Trim([Patient First/Last]), InStr(Trim([Patient First/Last])," ") -1)

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I also suggest you apply the trim for the last name:
Last Name: Mid(Trim([Name First/Last]),InStrRev(Trim([Name First/Last])," ")+1)

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exp vgAuthor Commented:
Thank you.
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