You don’t expect nurses be movie-makers, but staff at Scotland’s largest neo-natal intensive care unit in Glasgow have just made their 3,000th baby blockbuster.
Technology that uses personalised video to help parents stay connected to their new born baby in the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital has recently reached this major milestone.
Back in 2017 the QEUH became the first unit in the UK to adopt this vCreate technology and almost two years on they have cut their 3,000th film, giving 500 families the opportunity to watch their baby in hospital at times they are unable to attend.
The initial idea of creating a short video which parents can access came from a parent who used video for customers at his garage. He asked staff at the Royal Hospital for Children’s neonatal intensive care unit if it was possible for staff to send him video updates of his own baby.
Dr Neil Patel said: “When we started this project, we had no idea just what a hit it would be.
“At the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow we aim to offer the very best care and support to newborn babies and their parents or carers. Having a baby can be a very stressful time and as a specialist centre, we have babies from all over the country here.
“Many parents have other children and some live considerable distances from Glasgow, so being with their baby all the time is impossible. It’s been so rewarding for us to use technology to keep that bond going when it’s not possible for the whole family to be together.
“Staff who make the videos love to get creative. In just a few moments they can make a video and personalise it for a family, sometimes adding music and special messages. It really helps to create a strong relationship.
“Parents tell us it makes a huge difference, helping them to be involved in their baby’s care, giving them reassurance, and helping mums to supply precious breastmilk for their baby.
“We have now been able to offer this tremendous benefit to our 500th family, with over 3000 videos being made in total so far – and to them every single one feels like an Oscar winner!”
“After developing this technology in our Unit here in Glasgow, we’re now delighted to see it spreading and benefiting families in neonatal units throughout the UK”.
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