Today's NICU Superhero is Assistant Psychologist, Charlotte!


31 July 2020
      

Today's NICU Superhero is Assistant Psychologist, Charlotte!

Today's NICU Superhero nomination is a little different, Charlotte has been nominated by her colleagues.

Charlotte Peters is an Assistant Psychologist at the Newborn Care Unit at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. Today is her final day on the unit before she sails off into the sunset to continue her studies in Psychology, but before she leaves, her colleagues wanted to let her know that she will be missed and got in touch to nominate her as their NICU Superhero!

As an Assistant Psychologist, Charlotte's role involves supporting parents with a premature or poorly baby in the neonatal intensive care unit. As this can be a deeply traumatic experience for the whole family, the work of psychologists is vital in helping to support the mental health and wellbeing of mothers, fathers and siblings.

In her role, Charlotte also lead the implementation of vCreate in Oxford, so that families could receive video and photo updates of their baby when they were apart. Nicola Young, Deputy Sister and Clinical Educator in the Newborn Care Unit, wanted to congratulate Charlotte as she has been a valued member of the team. She got in touch to see if we could help celebrate this special lady on her final day, telling us:

"Charlotte Peters has run with vCreate in Oxford NNU and all of the staff and families love it. She has been so passionate about "her baby" and it would be lovely to honour her in some way before she leaves us."

We couldn't agree more and Charlotte's Psychology colleagues, Dr Jacinta Cordwell and Dr Joanna Mann, also had some lovely words to share:

"Charlotte has been integral to supporting the development and use of vCreate on the Oxford neonatal unit. It has made a huge difference to the families we care for. We are so thankful for all her efforts. She truly is a vCreate Superhero."

And finally, Ben (here at vCreate Towers) had some words that he wanted us to share:

"Charlotte has been a joy to work with and her feedback and suggestions have helped us to develop the system and improve the service for families. The whole team wish her well and hope our paths will cross again in the future."

Congratulations to you Charlotte, your NICU Superhero certificate and rosette are heading your way. Thank you for all your support and good luck in your future studies, we hope to see you again some day!



Ava's mum and dad nominate Leanne from Aberdeen


24 July 2020
      

Ava's mum and dad nominate Leanne from Aberdeen

Today's nomination for our NICU Superhero Award comes from The Shetlanders, Joanne Stewart and Ross Smith. Their baby girl, Ava, was born in Shetland at 38 weeks and 6 days gestation and was transferred to Aberdeen Maternity Hospital the following day.

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Secure Video Updates sent from Adult Critical Care during COVID-19


23 July 2020
      

Secure Video Updates sent from Adult Critical Care during COVID-19

Previously used in Neonatal and Paediatric Intensive Care Units and Children's Hospices, vCreate's Secure Video Messaging service has been utilised by Adult Intensive Care Units across Scotland throughout COVID-19. Health Innovation South East Scotland have published this case study from NHS Lothian, vCreate: A new communication tool during Covid-19 in Adult Critical Care, which details how teams adapted quickly to ensure that vital communication between the critical care team and the families of patients in the intensive care unit continued, once visiting restrictions came into place.

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Catherine and Steven nominate Maura as their PICU Superstar


17 July 2020
      

Catherine and Steven nominate Maura as their PICU Superstar

Catherine and Steven Urquhart's baby girl recently underwent heart surgery at just 7 months of age. Catherine told us that, "Sophia-Louise is an absolute superstar, she was sitting up the very next day, her surgeon told us how strong and feisty she had been throughout. Her strength is inspirational and certainly helped her mummy and daddy through."Well Sophia isn't the only superstar that Catherine and Steven know and they got in touch to nominate their PICU Superstar for our award.

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Meet Superstar Savitha from John Radcliffe Hospital PICU


15 July 2020
      

Meet Superstar Savitha from John Radcliffe Hospital PICU

Today's PICU Superstar is from the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. Hannah Webb contacted us to tell us about two very special little girls, her daughters, Freya and Millie. The girls had a difficult start and required a stay in the PICU before they were well enough to go home. Hannah has high praise for the entire team, but could only nominate one for our PICU Superstar Award, here's who she chose and why:
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Amy from Royal Stoke University Hospital is today's NICU Superhero


10 July 2020
      

Amy from Royal Stoke University Hospital is today's NICU Superhero

Gemma and Jason have chosen to nominate Amy Davies from Royal Stoke University Hospital. Owen and Alexander were born prematurely at 27 weeks and 3 days gestation, and cared for by the team in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Stoke University Hospital. Very sadly, Alexander passed away 6 days later. Owen fought on, spending over 4 months in the unit before he was strong enough to go home.

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Bringing Summer to the NICU and PICU with new photo stickers!


10 July 2020
      

Bringing Summer to the NICU and PICU with new photo stickers!

Our new photo effects will be going live later on today. Amongst the new additions are a number of Summer themed stickers ... think ice creams, palm trees ... you get the idea. We hope these cute little graphics will add a nice touch to the snaps being taken in the hospital and sent on to families at home.

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Your latest NICU Superhero is Hayley from King's Mill Hospital


03 July 2020
      

Your latest NICU Superhero is Hayley from King's Mill Hospital

Emma and Michael are the proud parents of two little beauties, Leo and Bonnie. Both children were born prematurely, and although they are doing fantastically well today, their first few days and weeks in this world were spent under the watchful eyes of those working in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Leo is the couple's eldest and he was born back in 2015.

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Rebecca knows two PICU Superstars, little Darci-Rae and Heather


30 June 2020
      

Rebecca knows two PICU Superstars, little Darci-Rae and Heather

Today's nomination for our PICU Superstar Award was sent in by Rebecca, on behalf of her, Malcolm and their family. Darci-Rae was born prematurely and arrived 3 and a half weeks early, she spent 8 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit before heading home. Born with a hole in her heart, little Darci-Rae needed a heart operation and was admitted to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow.

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Mara's mum and dad nominate Rob as their NICU Superhero


26 June 2020
      

Mara's mum and dad nominate Rob as their NICU Superhero

Today's nomination for our NICU Superhero Award comes from Mara's mum and dad, Leanne and Kris. When Mara was born prematurely at 29 weeks gestation via emergency caesarean, it was the beginning of a six and a half week journey between the two neonatal units in the city of Leeds. Starting at Leeds General Infirmary and then moving to St James's University Hospital, she was cared for by two fantastic neonatal teams.

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Congratulations to Catriona from the Neonatal Unit in Paisley


19 June 2020
      

Congratulations to Catriona from the Neonatal Unit in Paisley

Baby Finn was born prematurely at 34 weeks gestation and required a stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley, until he was well enough to go home. Finn's mum Angela contacted us on behalf of herself and Finn's dad Stephen, to share their words of thanks for those who cared for their little man. Although caring for these tiny humans and their parents is a team effort, we simply haven't enough rosettes to go around (!) and so each family can only nominate one member of the team for our NICU Superhero Award.

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Laura and David Nominate Megan as their PICU Superstar!


18 June 2020
      

Laura and David Nominate Megan as their PICU Superstar!

Today's nomination for our PICU Superstar Award comes from Oliver's parents, Laura and David Milne. Oliver spent six nights in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow, as he experienced breathing difficulties following routine surgery and required intubation.

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New video and photo effects for Father's Day are on the way


17 June 2020
      

New video and photo effects for Father's Day are on the way

This Sunday is Father's Day and we are getting geared up to help units celebrate this special day. Life has changed so dramatically in recent weeks and it's been especially difficult for father's with children in the hospital. Coronavirus has impacted heavily on the amount of time parents have been able to spend with their children and babies on the unit, and some have had to restrict access to dads altogether. This has been incredibly hard for families and staff.
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Congratulations to NICU Superhero Beckie from Gloucestershire Royal


12 June 2020
      

Congratulations to NICU Superhero Beckie from Gloucestershire Royal

Today's nomination for our NICU Superhero Award comes from Arthur's parents, Natalie and James Groome. Little Arthur was born prematurely at 27 weeks gestation and cared for by the team in the neonatal unit at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. Natalie got in touch to tell us about one member of the team in particular who will always hold a special place in their hearts, Beckie Diaco

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Linda from Glasgow has become your first PICU Superstar!


11 June 2020
      

Linda from Glasgow has become your first PICU Superstar!

We recently launched our new PICU Superstar Award to help celebrate the wonderful work of those caring for critically ill children in Paediatric Intensive Care Units. Today, we are delighted to share the first nomination ...Lorraine Pollock has nominated her family's PICU Superstar on behalf of herself, her husband Craig, and their little girl Robyn. Robyn is 9 months old today (happy 9 months to you) and spent three months in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow earlier this year.

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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.

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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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