Dana nominates Margherita from the NICU at John Radcliffe


05 June 2020
      

Dana nominates Margherita from the NICU at John Radcliffe

It's time to unmask another NICU Superhero! Today's nomination for our NICU Superhero Award, which celebrates the exceptional work of those caring for poorly and premature babies in neonatal units, comes from Dana. Dana would like to nominate Neonatal Nurse Margherita Lazzerini for the care she gave to her little boy Rohan.

Rohan arrived on Christmas Day (what a day to make an entrance) and was born via emergency cesarean at 37 weeks and 4 days gestation. Sadly, this little lad wasn't quite ready to go home and went on to spend 3 months in the neonatal unit, where he received extra special care until he was strong enough to go home. Dana tells us that he is now doing really well and she'd like to take a moment to thank her NICU Superhero:

"I would like to nominate Margherita from the NICU at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, this will be a nice surprise for her. She was one of the many nurses who always made my baby's stay there much easier to handle.

She was always there to give him a cuddle if he was upset and just wanted a hug, when myself and hubby weren't around. She just knew when Rohan wasn't ok and she fought for him.

Margherita was also the first person who Rohan gave a Valentine's Day gift to - after mummy of course! The job these guys do is truly amazing."


Thank you Dana for sharing your nomination and also these delightful photos of Rohan. Seeing the journey that your little fighters go through is truly awe-inspiring and we love seeing how they are getting on - our highlight of the week!

A little note about the award

We are currently taking a little break before we accept any further nominations for our NICU Superhero Award. We will update you as soon as we are able to accept them again.

We are however now accepting nominations for our new PICU Superstars Award, launched to help celebrate the equally sensational work of those caring for poorly children in our Paediatric Intensive Care Units.



Our new photo effects feature is live and ready to go!


01 June 2020
      

Our new photo effects feature is live and ready to go!

Today our new photo effects feature has gone live and we are so excited to enable this for teams using vCreate.Throughout the year we like to introduce new themed video effects that clinical staff can add to their videos for families, helping to mark special occasions such as Christmas and Easter. Well from today, units will be able to add effects to the photos they take and send to their families too.
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Little Noah's NICU Superhero is Laura from PRM in Glasgow


29 May 2020
      

Little Noah's NICU Superhero is Laura from PRM in Glasgow

Baby Noah was born prematurely at 30 weeks and 6 days gestation and spent the first 8 weeks of his life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Throughout this period, he received specialist care in two different hospitals and it was during his time at the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital in Glasgow, that his mum and dad met Laura.

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Nara's mummy nominates Celeste as her NICU Superhero!


22 May 2020
      

Nara's mummy nominates Celeste as her NICU Superhero!

Chioma's baby girl Nara was born prematurely at 25 weeks and 2 days gestation. Because little Nara arrived so early, she spent 96 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Southmead Hospital in Bristol until she was strong enough to go home. Chioma wanted to say an extra special thank you to the team that helped her through those days and has nominated NICU Staff Nurse Celeste for our NICU Superhero Award!

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Do you know a PICU Superstar? Nominate them for our award!


18 May 2020
      

Do you know a PICU Superstar? Nominate them for our award!

Following the success of our NICU Superhero Award (which celebrates the work of those caring for poorly and premature babies in neonatal units), the time has come to recognise the equally outstanding work of those in our Paediatric Intensive Care Units. Today we launch our PICU Superstars Award to thank those who take such wonderful care of our poorliest children (and their parents) in intensive care units across the UK.

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Gillian has Nominated Valerie from Aberdeen Maternity Hospital


15 May 2020
      

Gillian has Nominated Valerie from Aberdeen Maternity Hospital

Congratulations to today's NICU Superhero, it's Valerie Simmons from the neonatal unit at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital! Valerie was nominated by Gillian Scott, following the premature birth of her little girl last October. Baby Jennifer was born at 36 weeks and 6 days gestation, weighing just 4oz 10lbs.

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Laura from King's Mill Hospital gets Becky's Vote for Our Award


08 May 2020
      

Laura from King's Mill Hospital gets Becky's Vote for Our Award

Last September, Holly Rose Palmer couldn't wait to join the world and was born prematurely at 31 weeks gestation. Holly needed to stay in the hospital until she was strong enough to go home and spent 4 ½ weeks on the neonatal unit at King's Mill Hospital. During that time, one particular member of the neonatal team left a lasting impression on Holly's mum Becky, so much so that she nominated her for our NICU Superhero Award:

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vCreate is Now Available to All UK Children’s Hospices at No Cost


06 May 2020
      

vCreate is Now Available to All UK Children’s Hospices at No Cost

Last December saw Zoë's Place Baby Hospice in Middlesbrough become the first hospice to implement vCreate. They use it to record and send secure video and photo updates of the children in their care, to parents when they are apart. We are delighted to now share that Children's Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS) have also begun using the system to help support their families, and they have already received some wonderful feedback.

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Congratulations to Kate from the Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow


01 May 2020
      

Congratulations to Kate from the Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow

On Tuesday we crowned your NICU Superhero of the Year 2020 - today we enter the third year of our award! Over the last few years we have received 79 nominations from the parents of premature or poorly babies. They wanted to share their thanks and praise for those special people who helped them when their babies were born too soon or too unwell to go home right away.

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Anna from Darent Valley Hospital is Your NICU Superhero of the Year!


28 April 2020
      

Anna from Darent Valley Hospital is Your NICU Superhero of the Year!

Today we crowned your NICU Superhero of the Year 2020 in a live draw on Facebook and Anna Slee won the title!Our NICU Superhero of the Year Award is a great excuse to make an extra big fuss of all those superheroes who have been nominated over the last year.

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It's Nearly Time to Crown Your NICU Superhero of the Year!


21 April 2020
      

It's Nearly Time to Crown Your NICU Superhero of the Year!

Each Friday we reveal a parent nomination for our NICU Superhero Award, an award which celebrates all those who care for poorly and premature babies in our Neonatal Intensive Care Units. Parents get in touch to share their stories and to say an extra special thank you to those who touched their lives and helped them when they needed it most.

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Grab Yourself a vCreate Mug and Help Support Your Hospital Charity


19 April 2020
      

Grab Yourself a vCreate Mug and Help Support Your Hospital Charity

Last week we shared our new vCreate mugs with our followers on social media and they proved to be quite popular! Originally designed for vCreate team members to brighten up our tea breaks, today we have launched a competition over on our Facebook page where you can enter to win one of our mugs ... but you can also purchase one. Have you benefited from vCreate video and photo updates sent from the hospital? Are you a

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A Video Guide for Parents: Taking Care of Yourself During COVID-19


07 April 2020
      

A Video Guide for Parents: Taking Care of Yourself During COVID-19

This is a difficult time for everyone, but it must be particularly distressing for parents with babies in the neonatal unit. With visiting restrictions now in place to help protect babies, parents, staff and the wider public during the coronavirus outbreak, many parents are now unable to spend as much time with their baby as they would like.We recognise that this must be placing an incredible strain on the mental health and wellbeing of mothers and fathers, so we reached out to our frien

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Digital Consent Function Enabled to Speed Up the Registration Process


03 April 2020
      

Digital Consent Function Enabled to Speed Up the Registration Process

We have developed a new feature to help streamline the registration process for units using vCreate.When parents and family members register for a vCreate account to receive video and photo updates from the unit, they are currently required to sign a physical consent form. We have introduced a new feature that units may choose to enable, which allows users to give their consent digitally.
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In response to COVID-19, vCreate is now available to Adult ICUs


17 March 2020
      

In response to COVID-19, vCreate is now available to Adult ICUs

Due to restricted family visiting during the COVID-19 outbreak, many Adult Intensive Care Units are seeking new ways to keep families and friends of patients updated. Separation of critically ill patients will be a major source of emotional distress for families and healthcare workers. Synchronous ‘live’ communication (e.g. phone, video calls) between very busy critical care teams and patient families will be challenging.
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Supporting Family Communications During the Coronavirus Outbreak


14 March 2020
      

Supporting Family Communications During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Due to restricted family visiting during the COVID-19 outbreak, as well as the possibility of parents contracting the virus and being unable to visit their child, recently published RCPCH guidance suggests that units should "seek to mitigate loss of family contact with video techniques." vCreate is an NHS Trusted video messaging service specifically designed for neonatal and paediatric units to securely share video and photo updates with parents and wider family to help minimise separation anxiety.

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Units Can Measure the Impact of vCreate's Secure Video Diary


25 February 2020
      

Units Can Measure the Impact of vCreate's Secure Video Diary

Parent feedback is vitally important to units and their sponsors ... and us! Understanding the impact that video and photo updates are having on families assists us as we strive to improve the service we offer, helps motivate unit staff, and enables charities to communicate how their funds are helping to support families when they need it most.
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vCreate Launch New Messages System


19 February 2020
      

vCreate Launch New Messages System

Units using vCreate can now benefit from our new Messages System to send email and SMS messages to parents, in addition to videos and photos.This system is a one-way messaging service, allowing teams to send quick updates to parents without the need to make a video or take a photo. There are built-in templates to save staff time, such as a ‘Daily Update from the Unit’ which can be populated with weight and feeds information.

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vCreate Launch Champions Programme to Improve Unit Support


22 January 2020
      

vCreate Launch Champions Programme to Improve Unit Support

As we continue to launch in more units, we want to help teams make the best possible use of vCreate to send secure, reassuring video updates to parents when they can’t be on the unit. Many units are doing an amazing job already - which is why we have created the vCreate Champions Programme
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2019: What a Year! Here are our Highlights from the last 12 months


05 January 2020
      

2019: What a Year! Here are our Highlights from the last 12 months

So 2020 is here, Happy New Year! We wanted to take a moment to reflect on some of our highlights from the past 12 months as 2019 was a fantastic year for us, here’s what we got up to during that time:BBC BreakfastWe were delighted that the use of vCreate in the neonatal unit at Princess Anne Hospital in Southampton was covered by BBC South, BBC Woman’s Hour and BBC Breakfast!

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