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!

This new initiative will enable staff from units to share best practice, receive updates to the system and access additional support wherever it is needed. It will also help parents identify Champions on the unit, and colleagues will know where to go for expert help and guidance.

We would like every unit using vCreate to elect two vCreate Champions so that we can communicate directly with them and help them maximise the service for parents. All units have been contacted and we’re looking forward to learning who their Champions will be!

Watch our new video to see what it's all about.



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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Our special Christmassy video and music effects have arrived!


02 December 2019
      

Our special Christmassy video and music effects have arrived!

December is here and the countdown to Christmas has officially begun, huzzah! Are you feeling festive? Yesterday we launched our very own vCreate Christmas Advent Calendar of little fighters. Each day we will open a door to reveal some special little people who have been on some big journeys, you can view the calendar on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

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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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World Prematurity Day saw the launch of vCreate in more units!


18 November 2019
      

World Prematurity Day saw the launch of vCreate in more units!

Yesterday was World Prematurity Day and neonatal units across the world held celebrations to mark this special day in the neonatal calendar. It is a day to raise awareness of premature birth and also to celebrate all those babies who were born too soon, they have all fought hard to be where they are today. Two neonatal units launched vCreate as a part of their celebrations and we are delighted to welcome more neonatal units to the vCreate family!
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Bonnie’s mum Siobhan nominates Sara as her NICU Superhero


15 November 2019
      

Bonnie’s mum Siobhan nominates Sara as her NICU Superhero

November is Prematurity Awareness Month and we have been talking quite a bit about premature birth and the impact that it has on babies and their families, but not all babies in the neonatal unit are born prematurely. Siobhan’s little girl Bonnie was born full term at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow in April last year. Bonnie needed help breathing after a quick arrival, she was swallowing fluids and developed jaundice.

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We’re celebrating World Prematurity Day with a new video effect


13 November 2019
      

We’re celebrating World Prematurity Day with a new video effect

World Prematurity Day takes place each year on the 17th November. It’s a time to celebrate all those precious babies born too soon and also to help raise awareness of the impact premature birth can have on babies and their families.This month we are doing our bit to help raise awareness, by sharing parent stories on our social media pages. As for helping with the celebrations?

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Emma nominates former preemie Emily as her NICU Superhero!


08 November 2019
      

Emma nominates former preemie Emily as her NICU Superhero!

Emma Harding’s son Charlie was born prematurely at 29 weeks and 4 days gestation, and spent 7 weeks in the neonatal unit at the Princess Anne Hospital in Southampton. It was there that Emma met her NICU Superhero Emily Boylett, here’s why she chose to nominate Emily for our NICU Superhero Award:"I wish to nominate Emily Boylett at the Princess Anne Hospital in Southampton for her care and support on the unit. Without Emily, I wouldn’t have been as strong as I was when it came to

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Celebrating One Year of vCreate in the PICU at RHC, Glasgow


04 November 2019
      

Celebrating One Year of vCreate in the PICU at RHC, Glasgow

Twelve months ago today, the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow became the first PICU to launch vCreate’s Secure Video Diary! Staff on the unit use the app to record video and photo updates of children on the unit, and send them on to their families via text or email when they cannot be with their child.

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