1,500 Families Received vCreate Secure Video Updates in 2018


07 January 2019
        

1,500 Families Received vCreate Secure Video Updates in 2018

As we begin the new year, we are proud to reveal that in 2018, 1,500 families received vCreate secure video updates from neonatal or paediatric units across the UK, and a staggering 9,800 videos were made by unit staff.

vCreate was first introduced in March 2017, when the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow, became the first neonatal unit to adopt the video technology. Staff use the system to send video updates to parents whose babies are receiving specialist care, and it provides comfort and reassurance when they cannot be by their child’s side.

Ben Moore, Founder, said:

“We are delighted that vCreate has been embraced by the neonatal community, and as the first Paediatric Intensive Care Unit launched just a few weeks ago, the team is excited for what 2019 has in store.”

To enquire about secure video diaries in your neonatal unit or PICU, do get in touch.



St Michael's NICU in Bristol celebrates 1 year of vCreate


27 December 2018
        

St Michael's NICU in Bristol celebrates 1 year of vCreate

On Christmas Day 2017, the neonatal unit at St Michael’s Hospital in Bristol launched vCreate, an app that allows nursing staff to record video diaries for parents of babies born prematurely, or too poorly to go home. The videos are recorded on iPads and sent securely to parents’ smartphones and tablets, helping them feel connected to their babies when they are apart. This service has been funded by the hospital’s Special Care Baby Charity, Cots for Tots, who have just renewed their sponsorship for a second year, so that more families can be supported through this difficult time.
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Thank you to Max's Mum, Leanne


22 December 2018
        

Thank you to Max's Mum, Leanne

Leanne's son Max was born prematurely at 32 weeks gestation, weighing 3.6lbs. He spent 25 days in the neonatal unit at Darent Valley Hospital, and thanks to funding from The Little Buds Fund, Leanne and Max’s Dad received video updates of Max from the unit, at times when they couldn’t be by his side.

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And our final NICU Superhero of 2018 is...Hazel, congratulations!


21 December 2018
        

And our final NICU Superhero of 2018 is...Hazel, congratulations!

We still have many more parent nominations for our NICU Superhero award to share with you over the coming weeks, but the final Superhero to be named in 2018 is Hazel Braxton from the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow! Hazel was nominated by Debbie McNicol, whose little girl Charley was born prematurely at 31 weeks gestation, after a "fairly tough pregnancy and traumatic labour.”

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Helping to Make Christmas Extra Magical


17 December 2018
        

Helping to Make Christmas Extra Magical

Many of us see the festive period as a time to be spent with our loved ones, but for families with children spending Christmas in the hospital, it isn't always possible for everyone to be together. Fortunately, hospitals are full of teams of lovely people working away and going the extra mile to help make Christmas as magical as possible for families, and we’d like to help them.
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Our latest NICU Superhero has received two nominations!


07 December 2018
        

Our latest NICU Superhero has received two nominations!

Our search for the nation’s NICU Superheroes continues and today’s nominee has received not one, but two nominations! Congratulations to Leeanne McKay from the Special Care Baby Unit at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley.

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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Royal Preston Hospital Launch vCreate


26 November 2018
        

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Royal Preston Hospital Launch vCreate

Staff at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust promoted World Prematurity Day, with the launch of an innovative new service.On Saturday 17th November, staff on the neonatal unit at Royal Preston Hospital launched a new secure video messaging technology on the unit called vCreate, in line with World Prematurity Day, which has now been embedded into their service.

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Mason's Mum Nominates Laura as her NICU Superhero


23 November 2018
        

Mason's Mum Nominates Laura as her NICU Superhero

Kim Edward's little boy Mason, was born prematurely at 33 weeks gestation, weighing 4 lb 11 oz. You may recognise him from our recent campaign for World Prematurity Day, as Kim shared her ‘now’ and ‘then’ photos of Mason from his time in the neonatal unit at King’s Mill Hospital, to help reassure other parents of premature babies that things can get better.

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We're Marking World Prematurity Day with a Special Video Effect


15 November 2018
        

We're Marking World Prematurity Day with a Special Video Effect

Well the big day is nearly here, World Prematurity Day is taking place this Saturday 17th November, and neonatal units around the world will be busy doing their bit to recognise this important day. We would also like to do our bit to help with the celebrations, so have created a special purple vCreate video effect, as purple is the official colour of World Prematurity Day.

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Words of Wisdom from a NICU Dad - Chris shares his Top Tips


12 November 2018
        

Words of Wisdom from a NICU Dad - Chris shares his Top Tips

World Prematurity Day is taking place this Saturday 17th November, and we have been overwhelmed by the response from parents of premature babies, wanting to help raise awareness, and show their support for other parents of preemies. They have been sending in photos of their babies from their days in the neonatal unit, alongside photos of them today, looking worlds away from their former NICU selves. We are sharing them all on our Facebook page if you'd like to see them.
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Kelly's NICU Superhero is Emma from the Walnut Ward


09 November 2018
        

Kelly's NICU Superhero is Emma from the Walnut Ward

Our campaign to recognise excellence in neonatal care continues, as Kelly Smith shares her nomination for our NICU Superhero award, which is working to celebrate the amazing work of NHS neonatal staff across the UK. Kelly has nominated Emma Parker from the Special Care Baby Unit (the Walnut Ward) at Darent Valley Hospital.Here is Kelly's story:
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NICU Superhero Award Celebrates Excellence in Neonatal Care


08 November 2018
        

NICU Superhero Award Celebrates Excellence in Neonatal Care

At the beginning of March, we launched our NICU Superhero award, to celebrate the amazing work of NHS neonatal staff across the UK. Since then many parents of premature and sick babies have come forward to share their stories of courage and say thank you to the nurses and doctors that they feel helped them the most whilst their baby was receiving special care. So far vCreate has awarded the title of ‘NICU Superhero’ to 24 wonderful people.

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Glasgow Paediatric Intensive Care Unit are First to Introduce Secure Video Diaries for Parents


06 November 2018
        

Glasgow Paediatric Intensive Care Unit are First to Introduce Secure Video Diaries for Parents

We are thrilled to announce that the first Paediatric Intensive Care Unit to use vCreate’s Secure Video Diary, has gone live. The vCreate app, which launched yesterday, will allow nursing staff in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow, to record videos of patients on an iPad and send them securely to parents’ smartphones and tablets.

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Preemie Parents Join Our Campaign for World Prematurity Day


05 November 2018
        

Preemie Parents Join Our Campaign for World Prematurity Day

The Neonatal Unit is a world which you may never know exists, until you find yourself in it.November has arrived, and the countdown to World Prematurity Day has begun. Taking place on November 17th, it is a day when people and organisations around the world, come together to raise awareness of the effects of preterm birth on babies and their families.

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Our Bonfire Night Video Effect is Now Live


02 November 2018
        

Our Bonfire Night Video Effect is Now Live

Monday is Bonfire Night, and this weekend people will be wrapping up warm and venturing out to attend firework displays, wave sparklers and eat parkin, all whilst getting nicely toasted by the fire. At vCreate, we like to help families of babies receiving care in the neonatal unit, to mark special occasions such as this, and so our Bonfire Night video effect is ready to add an extra special touch to the video updates they will receive from the unit over the next few days.

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Our Halloween Video Effect is Live


30 October 2018
        

Our Halloween Video Effect is Live

We hope your costumes are ready, your biscuit barrels fully stocked, your smoke machines plugged in, and your pumpkins carved and in position, for tomorrow...it is Halloween! We love Halloween, and see it as another opportunity in the year to help neonatal staff make their video updates from the unit extra special for mums, dads and siblings.

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vCreate are Proud to be Featured in the BMJ


30 October 2018
        

vCreate are Proud to be Featured in the BMJ

vCreate are proud to have been featured in a recent piece for the BMJ, as one of the initiatives helping to keep families of patients updated when they are receiving medical care. The article looked at how hospitals are having to find a balance between the need for staff to keep families and carers of patients informed, and the time this can take. Family Integrated Care is a model of care which is doing just that, helping to involve the parents of babies in neonatal units in their baby's care, wherever possible.

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Sophia's Mum Nominates Karen as her NICU Superhero


26 October 2018
        

Sophia's Mum Nominates Karen as her NICU Superhero

We first launched our NICU Superhero award back in March, with the aim of providing parents of preemies, or babies born full term, but requiring extra special care in the neonatal unit, the opportunity to recognise and thank members of the neonatal team who helped them through their NICU journey.
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Help us to mark World Prematurity Day this November


18 October 2018
        

Help us to mark World Prematurity Day this November

Would you like to help us mark World Prematurity Day on November 17th? It's a day when people from around the world come together to raise awareness of the challenges of premature birth, and with more than 1 in 10 babies born preterm worldwide, this is something that is affecting millions of families. We’d like to play our part in helping to raise awareness on WPD, and we would love parents of premature babies to get involved. If you’d like to join us, here are the ways you can

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We're Taking our Demos Back on the Road and Heading North


16 October 2018
        

We're Taking our Demos Back on the Road and Heading North

We have an exciting couple of weeks planned as we head north to demo our Secure Video Diary to neonatal units, and our new Secure Video Support Service for Paediatric Transfer, to transport teams. This Thursday we’ll be attending the Northern Neonatal Network Day and Board Meeting in Durham, to demo our Secure Video Diary

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