Leanne from the LGI gets Sam and Chris’s vote for our Award


21 February 2020
      

Leanne from the LGI gets Sam and Chris’s vote for our Award

Today's nomination for our NICU Superhero Award comes from Oliver's parents, Sam and Chris Wiseman. Oliver was cared for by the team at the Leeds General Infirmary, and when we asked Sam about her little boy's journey so far, this is what she told us:

"Oliver was born at 36 weeks and 5 days and was on ICU (Intensive Care Unit) for three days and spent two weeks on HDU (High Dependency Unit). He has Pierre Robin Sequence with a cleft palate, which makes breathing and feeding difficult during these early months, and he has AVSD (Atrioventricular Septal Defect). Now home he has recently had the thumbs up to have his airway out."

Oliver has had a tough start but is now doing incredibly well and you can see some of the precious photos that Sam and Chris have kindly shared with us of their NICU warrior, over on our Facebook page.

So onwards to the nomination for our award, who did Oliver's parents choose as their NICU Superhero?

"We would like to nominate Leanne Dibb from the neonatal unit at Leeds General Infirmary. Leanne was absolutely fantastic throughout our journey through ICU to HDU and showed such care for our little boy.

She knew him so well after a couple of shifts with him that when she took over looking after him one morning, she knew just from how he was acting that he was not himself. She alerted doctors straight away and his temperature and a CRP confirmed he had an infection, but he was already on the antibiotics he needed due to her quick response. This just shows the level of care and attention given to know our baby so well, even when looking after a number of different babies through the week.

Leanne was also a fantastic support to my partner and I and gave us the confidence to take on his care and kept us going through the toughest of days. We will be forever grateful."


Thank you to Sam and Chris for their nomination and for sharing their family's story so far, it's great to see Oliver doing so well. Congratulations to Leanne, you are a NICU Superhero!

Join the search for NICU Superheroes!

Why not let the parents in your neonatal unit know about the NICU Superhero Award? We have designed a poster which you can print off and display so that more parents can learn about our quest to unmask those NICU Superheroes out there. You can find the poster here.



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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Our Special Video Effect for Valentine's Day is Now Live


10 February 2020
      

Our Special Video Effect for Valentine's Day is Now Live

This coming Friday is Valentine’s Day and we are ready to help vCreate users make it a special day for their families Today we have put our new Valentines themed video effect live. The effect (which our vCreate Champions have had a sneak preview of) can be added to videos that clinical staff make for families. Staff simply record their videos as normal and then select the new Valentines option from the background drop down when they come to edit the clip, easy.
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Thea’s mummy Rachael has nominated Emmy from Southmead NICU


07 February 2020
      

Thea’s mummy Rachael has nominated Emmy from Southmead NICU

Today's nomination for our NICU Superhero Award comes from Thea's mummy, Rachael Hunt. Her little girl was born prematurely at 27 weeks gestation, weighing just 1lb 7oz and spent an incredible 126 days in the neonatal intensive care unit at Southmead Hospital in Bristol. Rachael told us: "Leaving your baby overnight every night for days, weeks and months is heartbreaking, but the staff at the unit became like family and looked after our girl as if she were their own. We can't tha

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Abby nominates Angie from RUH Bath as her NICU Superhero


31 January 2020
      

Abby nominates Angie from RUH Bath as her NICU Superhero

It's time to reveal another parent nomination for our NICU Superhero Award!Today's nomination comes from Charlie's mummy Abby Sharper. Charlie was born prematurely at 32 weeks and 4 days gestation, weighing 4lb 12oz. During the first few weeks of his life he received care in not one, but two hospitals. Abby also required a hospital stay following the delivery, here she tells us her story and names the NICU Superhero who helped her on this journey:
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Kayleigh names Jocelyn from Aberdeen as her NICU Superhero


24 January 2020
      

Kayleigh names Jocelyn from Aberdeen as her NICU Superhero

Today's nomination for our NICU Superhero Award comes from Blaise’s mummy Kayleigh Heddle As Blaise was born prematurely and arrived seven and a half weeks early, he required a stay in the neonatal unit at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital, where he spent 4 weeks before he was strong enough to go home.

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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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Beat the Blue Monday Blues with Our Competition!


20 January 2020
      

Beat the Blue Monday Blues with Our Competition!

Today is Blue Monday, a day which is said to be the most depressing day of the year - oh joy - well don't worry because we've got it covered with a competition aimed to help us all focus on taking better care of ourselvesWe all know the essentials that help us to feel good ... quality sleep, managing stress levels and taking time to focus on ourselves to see what our bodies need, but it can be difficult when we are all so busy with our jobs, families and other commitments.

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Charlotte’s mum Lynn nominates former NICU warrior Jodie


17 January 2020
      

Charlotte’s mum Lynn nominates former NICU warrior Jodie

Today's nomination for our NICU Superhero Award comes from Lynn Alexander. Lynn's daughter Charlotte was one of the stars of our Little Miracles Advent Calendar and featured behind door number 17. Charlotte was born prematurely at 27 weeks and 6 days gestation and was cared for in three neonatal units, the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow, the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital in Glasgow and the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley.

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Kay from the QEUH in Glasgow is Lauren’s NICU Superhero


10 January 2020
      

Kay from the QEUH in Glasgow is Lauren’s NICU Superhero

When Hunter was born prematurely at 26 weeks gestation, he was cared for by the neonatal team at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow. He is now home and doing well, and described by his mum Lauren McMillan, as, "a wee monkey!" Well that wee monkey just celebrated his first Christmas at home, what a special time for the family.
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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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Congratulations to Heather, you are the first NICU Superhero of 2020!


03 January 2020
      

Congratulations to Heather, you are the first NICU Superhero of 2020!

Welcome to 2020! Let's kick off the new year with another nomination for our NICU Superhero Award! Today's nomination comes from Emilie's mum Debbie Calder. Emilie was born prematurely and spent 3 months in the neonatal intensive care unit at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital before being discharged in October. Shortly after Emilie arrived home, Debbie contacted us to share her story and her thanks for a special member of staff on the unit who helped her through her neonatal journey.

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Our New Year's Eve Video Effect is Now Live


29 December 2019
      

Our New Year's Eve Video Effect is Now Live

Help your families ring in the new year. Capture a memorable moment for them on camera that they can keep forever 2020 is nearly here, where does the time go?! To celebrate, we have created a new video effect that staff in units that are using vCreate's Secure Video Diary, can add to their videos for families to help mark this special occasion.
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Samantha from PRM in Glasgow is Charlotte's NICU Superhero


27 December 2019
      

Samantha from PRM in Glasgow is Charlotte's NICU Superhero

The last nomination for our NICU Superhero Award to be revealed in 2019 comes from Charlotte Rushforth Charlotte contacted us in October to nominate her NICU Superhero following the birth of her premature twins, Greer and Tavish. They were born at the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital in Glasgow and were cared for in the neonatal unit until they were strong enough to go home.

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Aaron nominates Morag from Aberdeen as his NICU Superhero


20 December 2019
      

Aaron nominates Morag from Aberdeen as his NICU Superhero

Today’s nomination for our NICU Superhero Award comes from Grace-Marie’s dad, Aaron Taylor MacInnes Grace was born prematurely at 28 weeks and 6 days gestation and spent a total of 3 ½ months in the hospital before she was well enough to go home. 8 weeks were spent in the neonatal unit at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital before she moved to the Special Care Baby Unit in Inverness, much closer to home.

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Today's NICU Superhero is Simon from King's Mill Hospital


13 December 2019
      

Today's NICU Superhero is Simon from King's Mill Hospital

This week's parent nomination for our NICU Superhero Award comes from Blake and Flynn's mum, Haley Stocks Haley's two boys Blake and Flynn, were both born prematurely and cared for at King's Mill Hospital, Sutton-in-Ashfield. Tragically, her first son Blake passed away when he was just 5 months old due to a rare heart condition.

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Kayleigh gets Megan's vote for our NICU Superhero Award


06 December 2019
      

Kayleigh gets Megan's vote for our NICU Superhero Award

When Isobelle entered the world 12 weeks early, she required a stay in the neonatal unit at Royal Preston Hospital, where she received extra special care until she was strong enough to go home. During her time in the hospital, Isobelle’s mum Megan, met a nurse on the unit who she would now like to nominate for our NICU Superhero Award.
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vCreate Launches at Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice in Middlesbrough


04 December 2019
      

vCreate Launches at Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice in Middlesbrough

Today we attended the launch of vCreate in the first hospice in the UK, Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice in Middlesbrough. Also in attendance were the neonatal charity Leo’s, who recently partnered with the hospice to help reach even more families in the region by working together. Leo's are funding the use of vCreate's Secure Video Messaging Diary in four neonatal units in the North East and wanted to bring the system to families using the hospice.

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Congratulations to Chris from the Walnut Ward at Darent Valley


29 November 2019
      

Congratulations to Chris from the Walnut Ward at Darent Valley

Today’s nomination for our NICU Superhero Award comes from Hannah Vice. Her little boy Montgomery was born at 39 weeks gestation, suffering with Respiratory Distress Syndrome, which meant he needed some specialist care to help with his breathing before he was able to go home. He spent one week in the Special Care Baby Unit (the Walnut Ward) at Darent Valley Hospital, being cared for by the neonatal team.

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Today's NICU Superhero is Kayleigh from Leeds General Infirmary


22 November 2019
      

Today's NICU Superhero is Kayleigh from Leeds General Infirmary

It’s that time of the week again, it’s time for us to reveal another parent nomination for our NICU Superhero Award! We invite the parents of babies born prematurely, or poorly and requiring a stay in the neonatal unit, to come forward and share their thanks for those who cared for them. Each babies' journey is different and they can spend days, weeks and sometimes months in the hospital being cared for until they are well enough to go home.

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