A specialist neonatal team at the Royal Hospital for Children has been recognised for the exceptional care of new-born premature babies.
Members of the Get Set team at the RHC, led by Dr Anne Marie Heuchan, won the ‘Improving quality of perinatal care’ category in the British Association of Perinatal Medicine (BAPM) awards in Newcastle.
The Get Set team was set up with the aim of improving the temperatures and care of babies in the delivery suite immediately after pre-term birth.
“In 2016, just over 30% of the very pre-term babies admitted to neonatal intensive care had temperature of below 36.5 degrees on arrival. While this was in keeping with the national average, we put in a number of measure to improve care immediately following birth,” said Dr Heuchan.
“Myself and a colleague Dr O’Shea, brought together a group of neonatal, medical, nursing and midwifery staff who were passionate about improving neonatal care. We established a multi-disciplinary Get Set team, to look at Saturatioin, EcG and Temperature during stabilisation.
“The team introduced a variety of additional measures, allowing the most preterm babies to be stabilised whilst still connected to the umbilical cord, kept warm and also cuddled by mum before moving to the Neonatal intensive care unit.
“I was delighted to receive the award on behalf of the team and we were all pleased to have been recognised in this way.”
Kevin Hill, NHSGGC’s Director of Women and Children said: “This is yet another example of how the hard-working and dedicated teams within the Children’s Hospital are constantly striving to improve outcome for our patients. I am very proud of their achievements – well done to the Get Set Team!”
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