Share your experience of vCreate's Secure Video Diary


16 March 2019
        

Share your experience of vCreate's Secure Video Diary

With the first ever Neonatal Mental Health Awareness Week taking place next month between 15-21 April, we would like to explore how vCreate’s Secure Video Diary is helping mums and dads of premature and sick babies, who are receiving specialist care in the neonatal unit.

Already an incredibly stressful time for parents, separation anxiety can only add to the already heavy strain on a person's mental wellbeing. With video updates from the NICU helping to connect parents with their babies when they are apart, we would like to investigate the impact they are having further, with your help.

Survey on the vCreate Experience
We have created a survey for parents who have received vCreate video updates from the NICU, and we would be extremely grateful if you could spare a few minutes to complete it. You can access the survey here, thank you in advance for your help.

Neonatal Mental Health Awareness Week
Don’t forget to give Neonatal Mental Health Awareness Week a follow on Facebook and on Twitter, to keep up to date with the excellent work that is being done. NICU MHAW is working to help provide better support for families with babies receiving care in the neonatal unit and beyond. Another focus is on the wellbeing of staff working in these units and caring for the most vulnerable of us, let's get behind this campaign and make a change.



Congratulations to our NICU Superhero of the Year, Emma Cross!


11 March 2019
        

Congratulations to our NICU Superhero of the Year, Emma Cross!

We have crowned our NICU Superhero of the Year, congratulations to Emma Cross from the neonatal unit at King's Mill Hospital! We put all the names of our 31 nominated NICU Superheroes together, and Emma's name was chosen in a live draw which took place on our Facebook page earlier on today, you can watch the read more »




One Final Nomination for our NICU Superhero Award


08 March 2019
        

One Final Nomination for our NICU Superhero Award

On Monday we will be crowning one NICU Superhero of the Year, but before we do, we have one final parent nomination to share with you. Jade O’Neill got in touch as she wanted to express her thanks to someone who helped her through, what must surely be, one of the most painful of experiences a person can go through.

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Who Will be Crowned NICU Superhero of the Year?


04 March 2019
        

Who Will be Crowned NICU Superhero of the Year?

The time has come ... on Monday 11th March at 1pm, we will be selecting one name from all those nominated NICU Superheroes, to become your NICU Superhero of the Year! We launched our campaign to find the nation's NICU Superheroes back in March 2018, and since then have received a whopping 31 nominations from parents across the UK.

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Join the 'Celebration of Reading' on World Book Day


28 February 2019
        

Join the 'Celebration of Reading' on World Book Day

Thursday 7th March is World Book Day, a “celebration of authors, illustrators, books and a celebration of reading.” We will be joining the celebrations by launching a competition over on our Facebook page, where we have a selection of 18 beautiful books up for grabs. Enter to win them for your little ones, or to donate to your local NICU or PICU library, so that other families may enjoy the comfort and sense of normalcy that reading can bring, especially during difficult times.
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Lucy Nominates Gayner from the LGI as her NICU Superhero


22 February 2019
        

Lucy Nominates Gayner from the LGI as her NICU Superhero

Today’s nomination for our NICU Superhero award was sent in by Sebastian’s mum, Lucy Vickerman. Sebastian was born prematurely at 25 weeks and 3 days gestation, weighing just 1 lb 7 oz. He spent the first 8 weeks of his life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Leeds General Infirmary, and was later transferred to his local hospital for a further 11 weeks, before going home last September.

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vCreate Shortlisted for Two 2019 National Technology Awards


20 February 2019
        

vCreate Shortlisted for Two 2019 National Technology Awards

We are thrilled to announce that vCreate have been shortlisted for two 2019 National Technology Awards! The awards, "celebrate the pioneers of new technology and help drive standards and encourage excellence.”Learning that vCreate had been shortlisted for the Technology for Good award, and the Healthcare Technology of the Year award, Ben Moore, Founder of vCreate said:
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Leo's Charity Launch First Neonatal Mental Health Awareness Week


15 February 2019
        

Leo's Charity Launch First Neonatal Mental Health Awareness Week

2019 will see the launch of the UK’s first Neonatal Mental Health Awareness Week, taking place between April 15th - 21st, thanks to the charity, Leo’s. The neonatal charity was established in 2018 by Lottie King, in memory of her son, Leo. Lottie's story was recently covered by the BBC and you can watch it here.

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Sebastian's Mum Nominates Liz as her NICU Superhero


08 February 2019
        

Sebastian's Mum Nominates Liz as her NICU Superhero

Today's nomination for our NICU Superhero award comes from Sebastian's mum, Harriet Young. Harriet's story reminds us that not all babies receiving specialist care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit are born prematurely. In December 2016, baby Sebastian was born at 41 weeks and 4 days gestation, at Pinderfields General Hospital in Wakefield.

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University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust Shortlisted for PEN Award


05 February 2019
        

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust Shortlisted for PEN Award

Above: The NICU team at Derriford Hospital at the launch of vCreate in August 2018.The shortlisting for the Patient Experience Network National Awards 2018 is complete and the finalists have been announced! The PEN ​National ​Awards are, “The ​first ​patient ​experience ​awards ​in ​the ​UK, ​celebrating ​the ​delivery ​of ​outstanding ​patient ​experience ​by ​those ​involved ​in ​the ​health ​and ​social ​care ​industry.”
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Congratulations to Milly from the Buscot Neonatal Team


01 February 2019
        

Congratulations to Milly from the Buscot Neonatal Team

Today’s NICU Superhero is none other than Milly Milinkovic from the Buscot Neonatal Team! Milly was nominated by Phillipa and Tabitha's mum, Katie Marie Belcourt, following their premature birth at 29 weeks gestation in August 2017. After the girls spent time in the Special Care Baby Unit at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, Katie told us: "I would like to express our heartfelt thanks for the Buscot Team at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading for taking such good care of our twins after their premature birth.

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More Fabulous Initiatives Supporting Families in the NICU


25 January 2019
        

More Fabulous Initiatives Supporting Families in the NICU

You may remember our blog, Ten Brilliant Ways NICUs are Supporting Preemie Parents? Well that was back in September 2017, and since then we have seen a number of other fantastic initiatives which we'd like to shine a light on. The following are listed in no particular order, but we do begin with a couple of schemes which are focused on supporting dads.

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NICU Superhero Award Update, and a Second Nomination for Karen!


19 January 2019
        

NICU Superhero Award Update, and a Second Nomination for Karen!

It’s time to share another NICU Superhero nomination with you, but first, we have an update on the award itself.The NICU Superhero AwardWe began our search to find the nation's NICU Superheroes last March, and since then we have received an incredible number of nominations, with more being revealed in the coming weeks.

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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.

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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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