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Sponsor Spotlight with Treasured MemoRory’s Founder, Stephanie Jane Taylor


19 February 2018
        

Sponsor Spotlight with Treasured MemoRory’s Founder, Stephanie Jane Taylor

In October 2017, vCreate welcomed our first ever sponsor, Treasured MemoRory’s.

Thanks to the charity’s founder, Stephanie-Jane Taylor of Irvine, North Ayrshire, over 190 families have now received video updates of their child from the Neonatal Unit at the Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow.

In this moving interview, Stephanie-Jane shares her story, including how Treasured MemoRory’s came to be, and why she chose to fund vCreate for RHC NNU.

Stephanie-Jane's story

I was born with a congenital heart defect and have undergone numerous surgeries and hospital appointments throughout my life. In October 2015, my partner Scott and I discovered that we were going to be parents, and, although a happy surprise, I was concerned and unsure as to how my medical condition would affect the pregnancy. I visited my local hospital and was advised that choosing to continue with the pregnancy could pose a serious risk to my life, but there was no doubt in my mind that I was going ahead with it.

I attended regular hospital appointments for me and my baby every other week and on the 8th of February 2016, I was told I needed to be admitted as my heart wasn’t coping well. I was only 19 weeks pregnant at this point so it was a very scary time. On the 5th April, when I’d spent 8 weeks at the Golden Jubilee Hospital, I was taken to theatre for a C-section, and baby Rory entered the world at 27 weeks, weighing just 1lbs 9oz.

Rory was immediately transferred to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow to receive special care, whilst I had to stay at the Golden Jubilee for my own health for a further two weeks. Being separated from him was extremely upsetting, but the hospital set up a video link so I could see Rory and speak to the nurses caring for him. It wasn’t ideal but it was better than nothing.

Rory fought very hard throughout his short life, but sadly he was too ill and passed away in my arms on the 5th of May 2016 at just four weeks old.

We had painted Rory’s bedroom blue ready for his arrival, so when I came home from the hospital, I didn’t want it to sit empty but I also didn’t want to change it. I decided to display some of his things, his vest and cardigan in a frame; I also made a frame for my mum with a vest, hat and photos of him.

Everyone who saw the frames commented on how nice they were and so Treasured MemoRory’s was born. I would make personalised boxes with photos or items to keep as a memento, sell them from my Facebook page, and donate the proceeds to the Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity, the charity for the neonatal unit that cared for Rory. To date, with the support of Scott and Rory’s Grandparents, Lizzie and Andrew, we have raised over £10,000 from a collection at Rory’s funeral, holding fundraising events such as golf days, packing bags in supermarkets, and selling my personalised photo boxes and frames.

Last year, when we were presenting a cheque from one of our fundraising events to Aileen McConnell from the hospital charity, she and one of Rory’s Doctors, Dr Judith Simpson, told us about vCreate being trialled on the unit. They asked if it was ok with us if some of the money we had raised went towards it. I decided then that we would like to fund it outright as it would be great to put Rory’s name to something that would have helped me when I was in the hospital.

The live cotside video camera was ok, but as I was still recovering, I was unable to spend whole days in the hospital, and when I was at Ronald McDonald House, I couldn’t view the video link. It would have been amazing to receive video updates of Rory to my own phone, and have them as a keepsake. To be able to fund a valuable project like this that will help so many parents is just amazing, and the feedback we have heard is fantastic. Our aim is to help families that find themselves in a similar position to the one we were in, and to keep our precious Rory’s memory alive.

For more information about Treasured MemoRory’s, head to their Facebook page.



vCreate responds to Australian clinicians' call for video technology


14 February 2018
        

vCreate responds to Australian clinicians' call for video technology

Team vCreate is on a mission to bring the vCreate Neonatal Video System to neonatal units in Australia. This week Ben Moore, Founder of vCreate, is heading down under to Australia, where he has been invited to show vCreate to doctors and nurses in neonatal units across the country.

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vCreate launch Valentine Hearts Effect


08 February 2018
        

vCreate launch Valentine Hearts Effect

This Valentine’s Day, neonatal nurses have the option of sending personalised Valentine’s Day video messages from the neonatal unit with the “Valentine Hearts” effect, a feature available to all neonatal units using the vCreate Neonatal video system.

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6 valentine’s-inspired ideas for celebrating in the neonatal unit


05 February 2018
        

6 valentine’s-inspired ideas for celebrating in the neonatal unit

Valentine’s Day is when we tell the people we love just how much they mean to us; however, when your bundle of joy was born prematurely and is being cared for in the neonatal unit, how do you communicate to your baby just how much they mean to you, whilst also making time to share the day with your partner and your preemie’s siblings?

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vCreate receives NHS approval


24 January 2018
        

vCreate receives NHS approval

The news that we know you've all been waiting patiently for is here - vCreate has received governance approval from NHS Digital! Thank you to everyone who has helped us get here!The prestigious seal of approval from NHS Digital means that vCreate is now recognised by the NHS and will enable hospitals to roll out the service more quickly and easily across their Trust.

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10 ways to encourage bonding between preemies and their siblings


18 January 2018
        

10 ways to encourage bonding between preemies and their siblings

Encouraging bonds to form between preemies and their siblings requires extra thought and consideration when a baby is receiving neonatal care, because the baby is separated from her brother or sister, and certain bonding activities (such as touch) may not be possible immediately when a baby is born too soon.

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vCreate reviews its favourite achievements of 2017, and plans an epic 2018!


10 January 2018
        

vCreate reviews its favourite achievements of 2017, and plans an epic 2018!

2017 saw some very important announcements for parents of premature babies hit the headlines. In December, the Scottish Government announced that they plan to make a new £1.5m family fund available to help parents of premature babies born in Scotland with additional travel costs and food and drink.

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Five ways to bring festive cheer to the NICU


01 December 2017
        

Five ways to bring festive cheer to the NICU

For new parents, a baby’s first Christmas is meant to be a magical time, but when a baby is born too soon, the NICU is not where they hoped or planned to be spending their time; however, with the support of medical staff, Christmas in the neonatal unit can bring families together and provide a sense of normalcy at a chaotic time.

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vCreate introduces Festive Effects to help special moments last forever


24 November 2017
        

 vCreate introduces Festive Effects to help special moments last forever

We think you’ll agree that Christmas in the Neonatal Unit is all about families, being together and sharing special moments. This Christmas you could add the festive-touch to videos you create for parents. Videos of their baby that they are sure to treasure long after baby has been discharged from the unit.
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vCreate scoops “Winner of the Year” at the HTN Awards 2017


10 November 2017
        

vCreate scoops “Winner of the Year” at the HTN Awards 2017

vCreate is delighted to announce that we are Health Tech News' “Winner of the Year 2017” for our Secure Video Messaging technology that minimises separation anxiety in parents of premature and sick infants. We would like to thank the HTN Awards for recognising our technology and congratulate all 15 finalists, and the winners of the Tech Project, Innovation of the Year and Impact of the Year Awards.
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It’s official, 100 families now benefiting from Secure Video Messaging at RHC NNU


01 November 2017
        

It’s official, 100 families now benefiting from Secure Video Messaging at RHC NNU

Yesterday, in the Neonatal Unit at the Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow, parents of premature babies joined nursing staff at a special event to celebrate the 100th family using Secure Video Messaging application, vCreate.The application allows nurses to record and send video updates to parents of premature babies, and ensures that parents of babies being cared for in the unit see their baby through personalised video updates when they are unable to be by their baby’s cot side.

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vCreate Set to Exhibit their Secure Video Messaging at the Family Matters Conference


24 October 2017
        

vCreate Set to Exhibit their Secure Video Messaging at the Family Matters Conference

In the run up to World Prematurity Day (WPD) 2017, the Family Matters Conference on the 8th November at Hollywell Park, Loughborough, will bring together medical staff and parents to discuss the parent and family experience of neonatal services.

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Join us as we support World Prematurity Day on November 17th


17 October 2017
        

Join us as we support World Prematurity Day on November 17th

This World Prematurity Day, vCreate, will join thousands of parent organisations, hospitals, non-profit organisations, healthcare professionals, societies, companies, politicians, media, and individuals from more than 100 forces to commit to action t

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9 ways to make your NICU Halloween event extra spooktacular


11 October 2017
        

9 ways to make your NICU Halloween event extra spooktacular

Ahead of Halloween, we've compiled a list of nine seriously spooktacular ways to celebrate in the NICU. Halloween-themed activities are a great way to engage the wider family, and to bring a little fun to the unit for both families and staff.
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Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust NICU becomes the first in England to use video updates to connect parents and babies


09 October 2017
        

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust NICU becomes the first in England to use video updates to connect parents and babies

Today, in the Neonatal Unit at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT), parents of babies being cared for in the unit joined neonatal nurses at an event to celebrate the official launch of vCreate. This web-based application lets nurses record video updates for parents when they are not able to be by their baby’s cot side.

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Team vCreate Celebrate Scottish 10K Success


02 October 2017
        

 Team vCreate Celebrate Scottish 10K Success

Congratulations to the vCreate runners who took part in the Scottish 10K on the 24th September in Musselburgh. The team raised £675 for the Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity and the Helping Us Grow Group (HUGG), based at the Neonatal Unit at the Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow. The Scottish 10K route hugs the magnificent Golf Coast before runners finish the final furlong at Musselburgh Racecourse; Scotland’s oldest racecourse.

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5 Top Takeaways from BAPM 2017


26 September 2017
        

5 Top Takeaways from BAPM 2017

This year the vCreate team attended our first ever BAPM Conference in Birmingham. We feel proud to have been part of the two-day event, where we had the privilege of listening to inspirational talks, and meeting doctors and nurses from around the world. Post-BAPM, we share our top five conference highlights:
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Neonatal Question Time with Dr Neil Patel and the Helping us Group Group at RHC NNU


15 September 2017
        

Neonatal Question Time with Dr Neil Patel and the Helping us Group Group at RHC NNU

Neil is a neonatologist at the Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow. He leads the Helping Us Grow Group (HUGG), a unique collaboration of families and staff developing and implementing family integrated care in the neonatal unit.Neil is a big proponent of family integrated care, an approach that encourages involving the families of NICU patients in the care of their babies. We had the pleasure of speaking with him recently on the value of family integrated care.

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vCreate Introduces New ‘Secure Video Transfer’ Feature so Parents of Sick Children Can Receive On Demand Progress Update


14 September 2017
        

vCreate Introduces New ‘Secure Video Transfer’ Feature so Parents of Sick Children Can Receive On Demand Progress Update

Secure Video Messaging provider, vCreate, has launched an additional feature to their video messaging platform that allows parents whose baby has been transferred from a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) to a paediatric intensive care unit (PICU), within the same NHS hospital, to receive video updates made by nurses.

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Family Integrated Care Programme Launches at LGI to Give Neonatal Babies the Best Start in Life


13 September 2017
        

Family Integrated Care Programme Launches at LGI to Give Neonatal Babies the Best Start in Life

This week marks the launch of family integrated care (FICare) at the surgical Neonatal Intensive Unit (NICU) at Leeds General Infirmary. Families and babies attended a launch party at the unit, with 3.5 year old Laiba Ali cutting a FICare-themed celebration cake.
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Ten Brilliant Ways NICUs are Supporting Preemie Parents


11 September 2017
        

Ten Brilliant Ways NICUs are Supporting Preemie Parents

As it’s Neonatal Awareness Intensive Care Month, we decided to do a roundup of some of our favourite family-integrated-care initiatives. Every one of these projects deserve recognition for the support it provides to the most vulnerable infants and their parents.We hope that you enjoy reading about these projects as much as we’ve enjoyed writing about them, and that there are some ideas and best practices in here that you could apply in your own neonatal unit.
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Five Reasons to Visit vCreate at BAPM


06 September 2017
        

Five Reasons to Visit vCreate at BAPM

With the BAPM Annual Conference just around the corner (15 days to be exact), here’s a run-down of what’s in store at the vCreate stand, and why you should add us to your ‘visit list’ for the 21st and 22nd September.
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This September, join us as we support Neonatal Intensive Care Awareness Month


01 September 2017
        

This September, join us as we support Neonatal Intensive Care Awareness Month

This September, organisations and individuals around the world will show their support for Neonatal Intensive Care Awareness Month, an initiative established by Project Sweet Peas in 2014, that provides an opportunity for communities to honour families who have experienced a stay in an NICU, as well as the amazing medical staff who care for them.

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vCreate Set to Showcase Secure Video Messaging at BAPM 2017


30 August 2017
        

vCreate Set to Showcase Secure Video Messaging at BAPM 2017

Next month, vCreate will attend the Annual BAPM Conference in Birmingham to present secure video messaging, a web application that enables nurses to record reassuring video updates for parents with ease. This year's BAPM Conference on the 21st and 22nd September at the Studio, Birmingham, is set to be the biggest and best yet, with read more »




Kick Start a New Term with Secure Internal Communications


29 August 2017
        

Kick Start a New Term with Secure Internal Communications

With a new term just around the corner and your sunscreen and shorts officially 'packed away' until next year, it’s time to reconnect with your employees and focus on the strategic priorities for the year ahead.When you stop and think, there are a lot of parallels between the kids going back to school and us going back to work.

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Preemie Mum’s Marathon Kiltwalk to Raise Funds for the Hospital that Saved Her Baby


24 August 2017
        

Preemie Mum’s Marathon Kiltwalk to Raise Funds for the Hospital that Saved Her Baby

Sarah Clark and father Ken (affectionately known as Granda Ken) joined thousands of other walkers on Sunday for the ‘Mighty Stride’, part of the Dundee Kiltwalk, to raise funds for the Ninewells Neonatal Unit in Dundee. Walkers set off from the world famous Old Course in St Andrews at 9am to complete the 25 mile Mighty Stride walk to Monifieth.
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Preemie Mum Shares her Story in a Bid to Help Others Benefit from Neonatal Video Link


15 August 2017
        

Preemie Mum Shares her Story in a Bid to Help Others Benefit from Neonatal Video Link

Pregnant with identical twin boys, Annette suffered a heart-breaking loss. At 20 weeks, baby Owen Francis passed away as a result of Twin to twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) and the battle to save her second boy Nathan began. Here she shares her story to offer hope and raise awareness to other parents of premature babies.

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It's Official - Video Technology has Positive Outcomes for Parents of Premature Babies


08 August 2017
        

It's Official - Video Technology has Positive Outcomes for Parents of Premature Babies

A paper, published by BMC Pediatrics, reveals that the use of video technology in neonatal care is a much-needed advancement in care delivery. The findings follow an in-depth study where researchers asked parents of premature babies, nurses and midwives, from a neonatal unit in East-central Scotland, for their views on the use of video technology in the hospital.
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Video Marketing Lessons from an NHS Neonatal Unit


31 July 2017
        

Video Marketing Lessons from an NHS Neonatal Unit

Many enterprise marketers would be surprised that lessons in innovative communications can be learned from the public sector, but when it comes to video, they really can. Like the impact and simplicity of personalised video.When it comes to driving innovation, and embracing the digital revolution, the NHS has, by its own admission, some way to go before it gets up to speed with the rate of change in other sectors.

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How the Royal Hospital for Children Improved Communication with Personalised Video


18 July 2017
        

How the Royal Hospital for Children Improved Communication with Personalised Video

The Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow is the largest paediatric teaching hospital in Scotland with its level 3 neonatal unit caring for over 800 babies per year.All neonatal care is provided onsite, including cardiology for patients from across Scotland. The hospital continues to provide a breadth of neonatal expertise that sees it being recognised as a centre for excellence in healthcare in the UK and beyond.
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Family Integrated Care Takeaways from Reason Neonatal Meeting


05 July 2017
        

Family Integrated Care Takeaways from Reason Neonatal Meeting

This week saw vCreate attend the annual Reason Neonatal Meeting at Warwick University Arts Centre. As first timers, we expected big things from the longest running specialist neonatal conference in the UK, and, we certainly weren’t disappointed. The two-day conference brings together over 300 doctors, neonatologists, and nurses from around the world to share ideas, innovations, and insights.

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Neonatal Nurses Make Father’s Day Extra Special for Dads of Premature Babies


14 June 2017
        

Neonatal Nurses Make Father’s Day Extra Special for Dads of Premature Babies

Neonatal nurses at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow are making Father’s Day extra special for dads of premature babies.Dads will have time in front of the camera to record a personal video message for their child to watch when he or she is older. Video messages on Father’s Day will be added to the baby’s video care diary, that can be downloaded once the baby has left the Unit, and kept as a memento.

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An Open Letter to Neonatal Teams


12 June 2017
        

An Open Letter to Neonatal Teams

Dear NHS Neonatal Unit, R.e. Secure video messaging to connect parents and babies within your unit at no cost You may have seen the BBC News story from April that discussed how the nursing team at the Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow, use secure video messaging to enhance family-centred-care. In summary, secure video technology is allowing medical staff to record non-clinically sensitive video clips, cotside, and send them to parents of special care babies.
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NHS Video Tech Initiative Gains Momentum


02 June 2017
        

NHS Video Tech Initiative Gains Momentum

The #NHSvideotech initiative, introduced by vCreate, to equip all 200 UK NHS Neonatal Units with secure video messaging has received over forty enquiries from Units in its first month.Twelve Units, that specialise in newborn baby care, are ready to get started with a pilot that will allow their nursing staff to record video messages of babies and send them to parents during times when they are unable to be cotside. And, this is provided by vCreate at no cost to Units.

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The UK’s Largest Neonatal Services Provider Trials Secure Video Messaging


31 May 2017
        

The UK’s Largest Neonatal Services Provider Trials Secure Video Messaging

vCreate is proud to announce that the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust are set to run a trial of secure video messaging to keep parents of premature babies updated on their baby’s progress when they are away from hospital.The Leeds Centre for Newborn Care is one of the largest neonatal services in the UK, providing specialist baby care to around 1,800 babies each year, many of whom need intensive care or surgery.

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Neonatal Unit Becomes First in Country to Introduce Secure Video Messaging to Help Parents Stay Connected


16 May 2017
        

Neonatal Unit Becomes First in Country to Introduce Secure Video Messaging to Help Parents Stay Connected

Parents of premature babies at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow, will now be offered secure video messaging to help them stay connected with their baby’s progress whilst they are in hospital. Following a successful two month pilot project, which saw the unit trial video with select parents, medical staff now plan to make video available to consenting parents of the 600 babies cared for here annually.

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Video Messaging Service Supports Parents' Health and Well-Being


10 May 2017
        

Video Messaging Service Supports Parents' Health and Well-Being

For mums and dads of premature babies, receiving the news that their baby is going to be born earlier than expected can be a frightening and stressful time. And parents are more likely to experience mental health problems as a result. According to Bliss, the UK’s special care baby charity, 40 per cent of mothers of premature babies are affected by postnatal depression soon after birth.

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Community Support for Neonatal Video Tech Needed to Deliver Nationwide Roll-out


03 May 2017
        

Community Support for Neonatal Video Tech Needed to Deliver Nationwide Roll-out

The Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow has become the first neonatal unit in the UK to use video technology to help parents stay connected with their baby’s progress; the cloud-based video platform, allows nurses to send parents of premature babies video updates from hospital.

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vCreate Launch Corporate Partnership Initiative to Fund the Provision of Video Technology in UK Neonatal Units


24 April 2017
        

vCreate Launch Corporate Partnership Initiative to Fund the Provision of Video Technology in UK Neonatal Units

Personalised video specialists, vCreate, today announce a new funding initiative aimed at ensuring that all 200 UK neonatal networks are equipped with personalised video by 2018. According to Bliss, the UK’s special care baby charity; over 90,000 babies are admitted to neonatal care in the UK because they have either been born prematurely, or full term but sick.
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The Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow, Using Personalised Video technology to help parents stay connected


17 April 2017
        

 The Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow, Using Personalised Video technology to help parents stay connected

The new Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow, which opened its doors in 2015, has the largest neo-natal intensive care unit in Scotland. This state-of-the-art unit prides itself on offering the very best care and support to both its baby patients and their parents and carers.

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