Congratulations to Natalie from the Jessop Wing NICU in Sheffield!


23 August 2019
      

Congratulations to Natalie from the Jessop Wing NICU in Sheffield!

It’s Friday and we all know what that means … it means it’s time to reveal another parent nomination for our NICU Superhero award! Today we share the first nomination received for a member of the neonatal team at the Jessop Wing in Sheffield, exciting times.

Thank you to Kyle’s mum Lyndsey, who got in touch to share her thanks for the neonatal team that cared for her son following his premature birth. Here, Lyndsey tells us who she has chosen to nominate for our award and why:

"Our NICU Superhero was Natalie Hardy from Jessop's NICU in Sheffield. She’s amazing and always made me smile, even at the worst times. My little boy Kyle was born prematurely at 24 weeks gestation, weighing 1lb 13oz. Kyle had a few ups and downs and then got NEC (Necrotizing Enterocolitis) at 33 days old, we didn’t think he would make it, but 21 weeks later here he is.

We have many issues due to the grade 3/4 bleed on his brain and his chronic lung disease, but the nurses and doctors there are angels on earth. Natalie’s amazing attitude made our stay there so much easier and she brightens any room she is in, I think she definitely deserves to be a NICU Superhero."


Congratulations Natalie and thank you Lyndsey for getting in touch and sharing your story, we wish Kyle the very best of health going forward.

Calling all neonatal units, help spread the word about our search for NICU Superheroes
We have designed a poster which unit staff can print off and display so that more parents can learn about our quest! You can find the poster here.

Are you a parent wanting to nominate a NICU Superhero?
To nominate your NICU Superhero, drop us an email, or send us a direct message via our Facebook or Twitter pages. All those nominated will receive a special NICU Superhero rosette and certificate!



Esme’s parents nominate Laura as their NICU Superhero


16 August 2019
      

Esme’s parents nominate Laura as their NICU Superhero

Today’s nomination for our NICU Superhero award comes from Steven and Michelle who are parents to baby Esme. Esme was born prematurely, arriving 4 and a half weeks early and weighing just 5 lbs. For the first few weeks of her life she was cared for in the neonatal unit at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital, Steven told us:"Our daughter Esme was born on the 28th April and was in the Neonatal Unit for a few days before graduating to the Special Care Baby Unit.

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A note to neonatal nurses regarding funding for vCreate


16 August 2019
      

A note to neonatal nurses regarding funding for vCreate

Are you ready to make your dreams for vCreate and FICare a reality but don’t know how to get there? You want to introduce video diaries to reduce stress and anxiety for parents, but you are struggling as there’s never enough funding to go around, and never enough of you to do all the things you want to do.
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5 Tips for Applying for Funding for vCreate


13 August 2019
      

5 Tips for Applying for Funding for vCreate

Asking for funding can feel VERY alien, especially if it’s not something you do regularly, or have never needed to…These tips are designed to help neonatal and paediatric units do it like a pro when it comes to asking for funding for vCreate;1. Build an army of supportersEven if you are the last person to read the final draft of your funding application and send it to your hospital’s charity, that doesn’t mean you need to write the whole

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Charlotte and Ashley nominate Jeannie as their NICU Superhero


09 August 2019
      

Charlotte and Ashley nominate Jeannie as their NICU Superhero

It’s time to reveal another nomination for our NICU Superhero award! Today’s nomination comes from Charlie’s parents, Charlotte and Ashley. Charlie was born prematurely at 27 weeks gestation and was cared for in the neonatal unit at Leeds General Infirmary.

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Nicole's NICU Superhero is Kirsty from Aberdeen Maternity Hospital!


02 August 2019
      

Nicole's NICU Superhero is Kirsty from Aberdeen Maternity Hospital!

Today’s nomination for our NICU Superhero award, an award which celebrates those who care for poorly and premature babies in the neonatal unit, comes from Olivia Rae’s mummy, Nicole Smith. Olivia was born prematurely, arriving 10 weeks early in October 2018 and was cared for in the neonatal unit at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital.

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vCreate's Summer Book Competition has Landed!


01 August 2019
      

vCreate's Summer Book Competition has Landed!

Today we launched our summer book competition! We asked people to share the names of their favourite children's books and we took those suggestions and chose a selection to be our prize.

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Claudia's parents nominate Taylor as their NICU Superhero


26 July 2019
      

Claudia's parents nominate Taylor as their NICU Superhero

Today’s nomination for our NICU Superhero award comes from Claudia's parents, Andrew and Monica. Monica is a Senior Registrar in Emergency Medicine and Andrew is a Senior Registrar in Neonatology, working in the very neonatal unit that Claudia was to be cared for, following her birth at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow. Claudia's story reminds us that not all babies in the neonatal unit are born prematurely.

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Kristie nominates Stephanie from Aberdeen as her NICU Superhero


19 July 2019
      

Kristie nominates Stephanie from Aberdeen as her NICU Superhero

It’s time to reveal another parent nomination for our NICU Superhero award! Today’s nomination comes from Kristie Hutchison, her son Archie was born prematurely at 33 weeks gestation and was cared for in the Neonatal Unit at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital.

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vCreate Launch Series of Training Webinars for Unit Staff


15 July 2019
      

vCreate Launch Series of Training Webinars for Unit Staff

Following our recent feedback survey for unit staff using vCreate's Secure Video Messaging System, we have identified a need for some additional training. Today we are excited to launch a series of online training webinars, to enable all staff who want to use the system to support families in their unit with video and photo updates, to do so confidently.

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Congratulations to Danielle from the NICU at Royal Preston Hospital


12 July 2019
      

Congratulations to Danielle from the NICU at Royal Preston Hospital

Today's nomination for our NICU Superhero award, an award which celebrates the hard work of those wonderful people who care for poorly and premature babies in the neonatal unit, comes from Katie Jenkins. Katie’s son Jeremiah was born prematurely at 25 weeks gestation and was cared for in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Royal Preston Hospital. Katie got in touch to nominate neonatal nurse Danielle Brown, congratulations Danielle!

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Robyn's NICU Superhero is Cheryl from the QEU Hospital, Glasgow


05 July 2019
      

Robyn's NICU Superhero is Cheryl from the QEU Hospital, Glasgow

It’s Friday so it’s time to reveal another nomination for our NICU Superhero award! Today’s nomination comes from Orlando’s mum, Robyn Greer. Orlando was born 8 weeks premature, and just 3 days later, required bowel surgery. This little fighter fought hard and was eventually discharged after 98 days ... Orlando is now home with his family, "making memories." Orlando spent 73 of those days being cared for at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, and Robyn has a lot of love for the team there as you will see, but who did Robyn choose to nominate as her NICU Superhero?

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Congratulations to Louise from Aberdeen, You are a NICU Superhero!


28 June 2019
      

Congratulations to Louise from Aberdeen, You are a NICU Superhero!

Today’s nomination for our NICU Superhero award comes from Lennox’s mum and dad, Natalie and Hamish. They have nominated Louise Kenefick from the neonatal unit at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital and here, Natalie tells us why: "Our daughter Lennox was born in August 2017, and just 6 days later was diagnosed with a diaphragmatic hernia. We were told that her odds were 50/50 and Hamish and I were faced with the possibility that our little baby may not make it.

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Over 1,200 videos and photos sent from the PICU at RHC, Glasgow


24 June 2019
      

Over 1,200 videos and photos sent from the PICU at RHC, Glasgow

This weekend another milestone was reached. We are happy to share that the total number of videos and photos made by staff in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow, reached over 1,200! The PICU team record short video updates of their patients and send them securely, via text or email, to their families at times when they cannot be by their child's side. The updates provide reassurance as they simply can't be in the unit 24/7.
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Rosie and Paul nominate Alison from Leeds as their NICU Superhero


21 June 2019
      

Rosie and Paul nominate Alison from Leeds as their NICU Superhero

We have received a huge number of nominations for our NICU Superhero award in recent weeks and we cannot wait to share them all with you! The award provides a platform for parents to say an extra special thank you to those who have cared for their poorly or premature babies in neonatal units across the UK ... and beyond.

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Freddie's Mum and Dad Nominate Barbara from QEU, Glasgow


14 June 2019
      

Freddie's Mum and Dad Nominate Barbara from QEU, Glasgow

Today’s nomination for our NICU Superhero award comes from Veronica and Steven. Their son Freddie was born prematurely at 24 + 6 weeks gestation, and they’d like to say a special thank you to one of the nurses who has been taking care of him.

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New Father's Day Video Effects Coming Soon ...


12 June 2019
      

New Father's Day Video Effects Coming Soon ...

This Sunday is Father’s Day and we are getting ready to help neonatal and paediatric units using vCreate's Secure Video Diary, make the day extra special for dads with babies and children in their units. We are adding some new Father's Day themed video effects to our system, which will be live and ready to use by the end of the week. To access these effects, staff will simply record their videos as normal and then select one of the three new options when they come to edit the clip.

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Sponsor Spotlight: Emily Harris Foundation at King's Mill Hospital


11 June 2019
      

Sponsor Spotlight: Emily Harris Foundation at King's Mill Hospital

Last May, vCreate was launched on the neonatal unit at King’s Mill Hospital in Sutton-in-Ashfield, see the BBC coverage here. The system enables unit staff to record short video updates of poorly and premature babies in the unit and send them to their parents when they cannot be by their baby’s side.

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An incredible £3,000 has been raised to support neonatal families


08 June 2019
      

An incredible £3,000 has been raised to support neonatal families

Today we bring you the happy news that the Fourth Annual Rory Graham Golf Day, an event organised by one of our valued sponsors Treasured MemoRory’s, was a roaring success. Last Friday, 33 golfers battled for glory at Rowallan Castle Golf Club and despite the truly awful weather, raised an incredible £3,000!

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Callum's Parents Nominate Jessica as their NICU Superhero


07 June 2019
      

Callum's Parents Nominate Jessica as their NICU Superhero

Today’s nomination for our NICU Superhero award, an award which celebrates the incredible work of neonatal teams, comes from Susanne and Graeme West. They have seen first hand just how hard these teams work to deliver the best possible care to poorly and premature babies in neonatal units. Susanne and Graeme's son Callum, was born prematurely and he was cared for in the neonatal unit at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital.

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vCreate Set to Exhibit at ESPNIC 2019 in Salzburg, Austria


05 June 2019
      

vCreate Set to Exhibit at ESPNIC 2019 in Salzburg, Austria

The 30th Annual Meeting of the European Society of Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care (ESPNIC 2019), will take place later this month between June 18-21 in Salzburg, Austria, and we are excited to announce that we will be exhibiting at this prestigious event.

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Congratulations to Rosie from Aberdeen Maternity Hospital


24 May 2019
      

Congratulations to Rosie from Aberdeen Maternity Hospital

Our NICU Superhero award celebrates the wonderful work of neonatal teams and individuals, caring for the smallest and most vulnerable of us, poorly and premature babies. All nominations for the award are submitted by the parents of these poorly babies, as a thank you for the care and support which they and their babies have received.

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vCreate Wins Healthcare Technology of the Year at the National Technology Awards 2019


20 May 2019
      

vCreate Wins Healthcare Technology of the Year at the National Technology Awards 2019

vCreate is thrilled to announce that we have won the Healthcare Technology of the Year Award at the National Technology Awards 2019! The National Technology Awards celebrate the very best technologies that the UK has to offer at a glittering awards ceremony in London; hosted this year by comedian, Lucy Porter. vCreate was shortlisted twice.

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Next Wednesday is Kangaroo Care Awareness Day, Let's Get Cuddling!


08 May 2019
      

Next Wednesday is Kangaroo Care Awareness Day, Let's Get Cuddling!

Kangaroo Care Awareness Day is an annual event which takes place on 15th May, to highlight the importance and benefits of touch for babies and their parents. Kangaroo Care, a process also known as skin-to-skin, is where babies are held by their parents across their bare chest, so that the skin is touching.

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Emma and David Nominate Sam as their NICU Superhero


26 April 2019
      

Emma and David Nominate Sam as their NICU Superhero

Our NICU Superhero award recognises the hard work and dedication of those caring for the most vulnerable of us, poorly or premature babies in neonatal units across the UK. All nominations received are from the parents of these babies, having experienced first hand just how incredible neonatal staff are. Today’s nomination for our award comes from Arlo’s mum and dad, Emma and David. They have nominated Neonatal Nurse Sam Lang from the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow, here Emma tells us what makes Sam so special:

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Treasured MemoRory’s Launch New Campaign for Romeo’s Room


19 April 2019
      

Treasured MemoRory’s Launch New Campaign for Romeo’s Room

This year, Stephanie from Treasured MemoRory's, one of vCreate's generous sponsors, has launched a new fundraising appeal to support families. Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity are funding the renovation of a number of bereavement rooms for families at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow, and Stephanie and her partner Scott would like to support this campaign.

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We've Created some Eggstra Special Easter Video Effects


19 April 2019
      

We've Created some Eggstra Special Easter Video Effects

The Easter weekend has arrived and so have our eggstra special Easter video effects!Neonatal and paediatric units will be busy making memories for families this weekend, and we want to help. NICU and PICU staff using vCreate to send video updates of children in the hospital, to their families at home, can now add one of three Easter themed effects. The videos can serve as a keepsake for both parents and children, and remind them of their time spent in the unit. In many cases, this will be baby's first Easter so all the more reason to capture a special moment.
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Video Updates Helping to Reduce Separation Anxiety in Parents


15 April 2019
      

Video Updates Helping to Reduce Separation Anxiety in Parents

Today marks the launch of the UK’s first ever Neonatal Mental Health Awareness Week, a week dedicated to highlighting the importance of support for the mental health and wellbeing of parents and staff in neonatal intensive care units. When babies are born prematurely or with health complications, they can spend days, weeks and sometimes months in the hospital receiving specialist care, and this can have a lasting impact on parents and families.

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Emma's Mum and Dad Nominate Clare as their NICU Superhero


12 April 2019
      

Emma's Mum and Dad Nominate Clare as their NICU Superhero

Baby Emma was born last month and received specialist care in the neonatal unit at Milton Keynes University Hospital, it was here that Emma's parents Sue and Ben, met neonatal nurse Clare Leotta. Following the care the family received during Emma's time on the unit, Sue and Ben have chosen to nominate Clare for our NICU Superhero award, an award which recognises excellence in neonatal care, thanks to feedback shared by families following their NICU experience.

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University Hospital of Wales are the First to Launch vCreate in Wales


11 April 2019
      

University Hospital of Wales are the First to Launch vCreate in Wales

Parents with babies on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the University Hospital of Wales are now able to keep in touch with their little ones when they are away from their baby’s bedside thanks to vCreate secure video messaging, which has recently been implemented on the unit. vCreate is a secure video messaging service that lets unit staff record and send secure video updates to parents when they’re unable to be by their child’s side, minimising the separation anxiety felt by parents.

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Neonatal Mental Health Awareness Week Launches on Monday


10 April 2019
      

Neonatal Mental Health Awareness Week Launches on Monday

On Monday, the UK’s first ever Neonatal Mental Health Awareness Week will launch, and neonatal units, charities and supporting organisations across the UK are gearing up for a busy week raising awareness and highlighting the need for improved mental health support for parents, families and staff in neonatal units.

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Natalie from the Walnut Ward is Emma's NICU Superhero


05 April 2019
      

Natalie from the Walnut Ward is Emma's NICU Superhero

Following the success of our year long campaign to celebrate the work of those wonderful people caring for premature and poorly babies in neonatal units, we are thrilled to enter a second year of our NICU Superhero award! The award allows parents to share their story, and their thanks for those members of the neonatal team who cared for their baby.

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170+ Video Messages Sent from Hospitals to Mums on Mother's Day


01 April 2019
      

170+ Video Messages Sent from Hospitals to Mums on Mother's Day

Yesterday, to help mark Mother’s Day, Neonatal and Paediatric units across the UK sent over 170 video messages to mums whose babies and children couldn't be at home with their families. A reassuring video or photo sent from the hospital team can mean a lot to parents and siblings at times when they are unable to be together, and key dates throughout the year, such as Mother’s Day, can be especially difficult when families are separated.

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Our Special Mother’s Day Video Effects are Now Live


29 March 2019
      

Our Special Mother’s Day Video Effects are Now Live

This Sunday is Mother’s Day, and to help neonatal and paediatric units using vCreate mark the occasion, we have added two new effects to help make video updates from the unit extra special on this important day. Staff will simply record their videos as normal and then select one of the two new options when they come to edit the clip. A personal greeting can also be added, which can be tailored to each family, so that mum or baby's name can be included in the message.

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Neonatal Unit at Leeds Children’s Hospital Launch Secure Video Diary


26 March 2019
      

Neonatal Unit at Leeds Children’s Hospital Launch Secure Video Diary

On Monday 25th March, Leeds Teaching Hospitals became the first Trust in England to use vCreate's Secure Video Diary across two hospital sites, with the launch of the service on the neonatal unit of the Leeds Children’s Hospital, one of the largest children's hospitals in the country. In October 2017, St James’s University Hospital launched the system, which allows members of the neonatal team to record video updates of babies receiving care in the unit, and send them to their parents when they are apart.

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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.

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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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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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Melanie from the Buscot Neonatal Team is our latest NICU Superhero!


12 October 2018
      

Melanie from the Buscot Neonatal Team is our latest NICU Superhero!

Our NICU Superhero campaign is giving parents the opportunity to say an extra special thank you to members of the neonatal team who cared for their baby. Today we are announcing a second nomination for a member of the Buscot Neonatal Team. You may remember Katie Marie Belcourt, mum to twins, Tabitha and Phillipa, who were born prematurely at 29 weeks gestation in August 2017, and cared for by staff in the Special Care Baby Unit at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading.

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Aaron's Mum, Natalie, nominates her NICU Superhero


28 September 2018
      

Aaron's Mum, Natalie, nominates her NICU Superhero

Last month we attended the Leeds Centre for Newborn Care’s Neonatal Summer Event, where we met a number of parents of NICU graduates, Natalie Blackburn was one of those parents.Natalie is mum to Aaron, who was born prematurely at 27 weeks gestation, in November 2015, at Leeds General Infirmary. He was later transferred to St James's University Hospital in Leeds, and spent nearly four months in the Neonatal Unit.

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Treasured MemoRory’s Continue to Support Families in Glasgow


18 September 2018
      

Treasured MemoRory’s Continue to Support Families in Glasgow

We are delighted to announce that Treasured MemoRory's, our sponsor for the Neonatal Unit at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow, are funding the use of vCreate's Secure Video Diary for a second year!Stephanie-Jane Taylor is truly an inspiration. In 2016, she and her partner Scott suffered the devastating loss of their son, Rory, following his premature birth at 27 weeks. Born weighing only 1 lbs 9oz, Rory fought hard but was just too poorly and sadly lost his battle after four weeks.

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NICU Team at St Michael’s Hospital, Bristol, Shortlisted for Award


17 September 2018
      

NICU Team at St Michael’s Hospital, Bristol, Shortlisted for Award

The finalists for the Sustainable Health and Care Awards 2018 have been announced, and we are thrilled, and proud, to report that the team at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St Michael’s Hospital, Bristol, have been shortlisted for an award in the ‘Care and Clinical Practice’ category.
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Teila's Mum shares her NICU Superheroes from Bristol!


14 September 2018
      

Teila's Mum shares her NICU Superheroes from Bristol!

Our campaign to celebrate excellence in neonatal care continues, as Carla Hope reveals her NICU Superheroes. Carla's baby Teila, was born at 34 weeks and spent 5 months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St Michael's Hospital in Bristol. She was later transferred to the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, as she required Specialist Paediatric surgery.

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vCreate Set to Exhibit at the Paediatric Intensive Care Society’s Conference in Bristol


12 September 2018
      

vCreate Set to Exhibit at the Paediatric Intensive Care Society’s Conference in Bristol

Next week, vCreate are heading to Bristol to attend the 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Paediatric Intensive Care Society. The three day event, hosted by Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, will be held in the Lansdown Suite at Ashton Gate Conference Centre. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘PICS of the Future’
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We're heading to the Neonatal Reunion Party in Glasgow


08 September 2018
      

We're heading to the Neonatal Reunion Party in Glasgow

We are excited to share that on Thursday 20th September, we’ll be heading to Glasgow to attend the Neonatal Reunion Party! The event will reunite former patients, their families and staff...here are members of the neonatal team getting ready to welcome families to last year’s shindig. The party promises soft play (we’re hoping this applies to adults too), entertainment, and stalls, and is being held at Wonderworld Soft Play between 4-7pm.

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September is Neonatal Intensive Care Awareness Month


01 September 2018
      

September is Neonatal Intensive Care Awareness Month

September is when people from around the world come together to show their support for families with babies in the neonatal unit, September is Neonatal Intensive Care Awareness Month. The initiative was first launched back in 2014 by Project Sweet Peas, a non-profit organisation who provide support to families of premature and sick babies. The aim is to honour families experiencing a stay in the neonatal intensive care unit

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Congratulations to NICU Superhero, Sara, from John Radcliffe Hospital


31 August 2018
      

Congratulations to NICU Superhero, Sara, from John Radcliffe Hospital

We know that all neonatal staff do an incredible job of caring, not only for the smallest and most vulnerable of us, but also for the families of sick and premature babies in their charge. Our NICU Superhero award is giving parents the opportunity to say an extra special thank you to those members of the neonatal team who helped them during their time of need, and it’s wonderful to read the kind words of thanks that parents are sharing.

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We’re off to a Teddy Bears’ Picnic!


29 August 2018
      

We’re off to a Teddy Bears’ Picnic!

This Sunday 2nd September, vCreate are heading to Leeds City Museum, to attend the Leeds Centre for Newborn Care’s Neonatal Summer Event. The Centre for Newborn Care at Leeds Children’s Hospital, one of the largest neonatal services in the UK, is holding a special event to recruit “veteran parents”, who have first-hand experience of life in the neonatal unit.

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Parents of premature and sick babies to receive extra support thanks to new video messaging app


18 August 2018
      

Parents of premature and sick babies to receive extra support thanks to new video messaging app

From left to right: Jo Bennett (Family Support Sister and Neonatal Outreach Lead), Ben Moore (vCreate), Leesha Warring and Tyler Williams (Romeo’s parents, as seen in the film, who were the first to trial the app in the Unit) and Giles Richardson (Neonatal Consultant)Parents of premature and sick newborn babies being cared for in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Derriford Hospital will now receive extra support, through the use of a new video messaging app.
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Mum of preemie twins shares her thanks for the Buscot Neonatal Team


17 August 2018
      

Mum of preemie twins shares her thanks for the Buscot Neonatal Team

Katie Marie Belcourt is mum to twins, Tabitha and Phillipa, who were born prematurely at 29 weeks gestation in August 2017. They were cared for in the Special Care Baby Unit at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading. Pip was born weighing just 2lb 5oz and Tabi, 2lb 13oz. Now that her girls are happy, healthy little beauties, Katie would like to give her thanks to the team who cared for her babies during those early days and weeks. Katie has nominated three neonatal nurses from the unit

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vCreate launch new photo feature


08 August 2018
      

vCreate launch new photo feature

Here at vCreate, we are all about utilising video technology to provide reassurance to parents of premature and sick babies when they are apart. However, we recognise that there may be occasions when staff might want to instead capture a photograph of baby. Perhaps a photograph with the family on a special occasion at the unit, such as Father’s Day, or even a photo of baby with their favourite nurse or doctor to keep as a memento. With this in mind, we have now launched a facility within vCreate

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Your 7-Stage Guide to Breastfeeding


02 August 2018
      

Your 7-Stage Guide to Breastfeeding

We know that ‘breast is best’ when it comes to infant feeding, but for many women breastfeeding seems like a daunting task, especially with the growing amount of contrasting information available online.With this in mind, we've developed this 7-stage guide to help mums of both full term and preterm babies feel confident about carrying out the most amazing of acts, breastfeeding.
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Meet Gillian, Neonatal Infant Feeding Adviser for the NHS Glasgow and Greater Clyde


26 July 2018
      

Meet Gillian, Neonatal Infant Feeding Adviser for the NHS Glasgow and Greater Clyde

Gillian Bowker is the Neonatal Infant Feeding Adviser for the NHS Glasgow and Greater Clyde, and, in our eyes, a bit of a breastfeeding guru. We were thrilled when she agreed to be the face of our World Breastfeeding Week campaign, sharing hints and tips for parents with babies in the neonatal unit.

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Neonatal Feeding Expert, Gillian, plans to share her tips and advice for new mums during World Breastfeeding Week


25 July 2018
      

Neonatal Feeding Expert, Gillian, plans to share her tips and advice for new mums during World Breastfeeding Week

vCreate is thrilled to announce that we’ve teamed up with Gillian Bowker, Neonatal Infant Feeding Adviser for NHS Glasgow and Greater Clyde, to produce a series of videos for World Breastfeeding Week, aimed at supporting parents with babies in a neonatal unit. Gillian and her team have helped thousands of mums successfully transition to breastfeeding, so when it comes to the topic, she certainly knows a thing or two!
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App to connect families and babies launches at John Radcliffe Hospital


18 July 2018
      

App to connect families and babies launches at John Radcliffe Hospital

From left, Emma Cantrell, SSNAP Charity Director; Anna Ryan, Staff Nurse; Sara Deans with baby Frazer; Jacinta Cordwell, Senior Clinical Psychologist and Sarah Vaccari, from Oxford Hospitals Charity A pioneering project is helping parents with poorly newborns cared for at the John Radcliffe Hospital to watch their babies' progress, even if they are unable to be at their cotside.

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Euan's Mum, Jade, shares her NICU Superhero


13 July 2018
      

Euan's Mum, Jade, shares her NICU Superhero

This week our nominated NICU Superhero is from the neonatal unit at King's Mill Hospital. Mum, Jade O’Mahony, nominated nurse Emma Cross, here she tells us why. "My baby boy, Euan, was born prematurely at 30 weeks and 5 days on 20th December. As time passed and the days were edging closer to Euan going home, I became poorly, and I thought I was really going to be ill and not be able to care for him.

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Little Preemie Fighter, Yasna, is home!


12 July 2018
      

Little Preemie Fighter, Yasna, is home!

To all the parents visiting the neonatal unit today, we hope this news lifts your spirits. Preemie Mum, Asma recently nominated her NICU Superhero, Nicola Gemmell and shared her neonatal journey with us. Well we were delighted when Asma got in touch to let us know the very happy news that baby Yasna is now home with her family, after 169 days of care from the ever wonderful Neonatal Team at the Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow.

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vCreate Demos Secure Video Diary to Nurses at REaSoN 2018


04 July 2018
      

vCreate Demos Secure Video Diary to Nurses at REaSoN 2018

This week vCreate attended the REaSoN Neonatal Meeting to show nurses and doctors from around the world our Secure Video Diary application. Delegates visited the vCreate stand to find out how vCreate helps to update parents on their child’s progress when they are not able to be in the neonatal unit.
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Amiee and Martin nominate Ainsley as their NICU Superhero


29 June 2018
      

Amiee and Martin nominate Ainsley as their NICU Superhero

It’s time to reveal the latest nomination for our NICU Superhero award! Brodie’s parents, Amiee and Martin have nominated Ainsley Ballantyne from the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow as their NICU Superhero. Here's what they had to say about the lovely Ainsley,
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Why visit vCreate at REaSoN 2018?


22 June 2018
      

Why visit vCreate at REaSoN 2018?

The annual REaSoN Neonatal Meeting is one of the largest neonatal shows in the UK, attracting hundreds of neonatal nurses and doctors each year. Delegates come to learn about best practice and future trends in neonates and catch up with their peers. vCreate is thrilled to have been invited to exhibit at this year’s show and would like to invite delegates to visit us at stand 36 to learn about how video diaries support Family Integrated Care.

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Milton Keynes Neonatal Unit connects parents with their child using vCreate App


20 June 2018
      

Milton Keynes Neonatal Unit connects parents with their child using vCreate App

The Neonatal Unit at Milton Keynes University Hospital has become the first in the region to launch vCreate, thanks to funding from Milton Keynes-based charity, Emily’s Star.vCreate is a web-based application that allows nurses to record video diaries for parents of babies who have been born too early, too small, and are too poorly to go home. Every year over 400 babies are admitted onto the Neonatal Unit at Milton Keynes

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Parent’s crowdfunding campaign is helping parents of premature babies across Glasgow


19 June 2018
      

Parent’s crowdfunding campaign is helping parents of premature babies across Glasgow

On the 11th December 2017, Danielle Currie and Derrick McNaught’s baby twins, Sofia Grace and Grahame were born 16 weeks premature. Both were transferred to the neonatal unit at the Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow, where they were to receive specialist care. 11 days later, very sadly, baby Grahame passed away. Little Sofia battled on, and after spending a total of 164 days in the hospital, she is now home with her family, once again proving just what little fighters these preemies can be when the odds are against them.
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Treasured MemoRory’s Annual Golf Day raises £2,700 to Help Parents of Preemies


18 June 2018
      

Treasured MemoRory’s Annual Golf Day raises £2,700 to Help Parents of Preemies

On Friday 15th June, Treasured MemoRory’s hosted their third Annual Rory Graham Memorial Golf Day at Downfield Golf Course in Dundee. Over 40 golfers took part in the tournament and raffle to help raise £2,700. Organiser and founder of Treasured MemoRory’s, Stephanie-Jane Taylor, said: “We are so pleased with this year’s event.

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Congratulations to NICU Superhero, Nicola!


15 June 2018
      

Congratulations to NICU Superhero, Nicola!

It’s time for us to announce another neonatal superstar, as voted for by you. This week it’s the turn of Asma Anwar to nominate her NICU Superhero, Nicola Gemmell, from the NICU at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow is that Superhero.
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An extra special touch on Father's Day


13 June 2018
      

An extra special touch on Father's Day

This Father’s Day, staff in neonatal units using the vCreate Neonatal Video System will be able to send dads personalised Father’s Day video messages with a new “Father's Day” effect!We know that nursing staff will go out of their way to help make dads feel extra special when visiting their babies this Sunday and we are delighted that we can play a small role in helping them to celebrate the day.
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Gift suggestions for NICU Dads this Father’s Day


11 June 2018
      

Gift suggestions for NICU Dads this Father’s Day

Father’s Day is fast approaching, and if your baby is in the neonatal unit, this day can be especially poignant as this is not where any dad imagines his baby will be spending his or her first days or weeks. Despite this, celebrating big events in the NICU is important, and can help remind you of all that you have and how far you have come.Neonatal teams go out of their way to make special occasions such as Mother’s Day, Easter and Christmas truly memorable for families.

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6 Tips to Make Your NICU Space Your Own


08 June 2018
      

6 Tips to Make Your NICU Space Your Own

Throughout pregnancy, mums and dads spend their time preparing for their baby’s arrival, dreaming up ideas and making plans such as choosing clothes and decorating nurseries; however, when baby arrives earlier than expected, or born to full term but unwell and requiring extra special care in the hospital, these plans are often interrupted and left unfinished. You can suddenly find yourself in the neonatal unit, an unfamiliar environment, clinical and so far removed from how you imagined your baby’s first days being spent.

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Sponsor Spotlight with Sally from the Little Buds Fund


06 June 2018
      

Sponsor Spotlight with Sally from the Little Buds Fund

The support that charities provide to Neonatal Units is second-to-none; it helps them purchase valuable, sometimes life-saving equipment, that they might not necessarily have budget for.The Little Buds Fund, is one such charity. We caught up with Sally George, Head of Fundraising and Voluntary Services, as part of our Sponsor Spotlight feature, to find out more about how the charity supports the Special Care Baby Unit at Darent Valley Hospital, and why they chose to fund vCreate

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Elizabeth and Garry nominate Barbara as their NICU Superhero


01 June 2018
      

Elizabeth and Garry nominate Barbara as their NICU Superhero

Our search to find the nation’s NICU Superheroes continues as this week, Elizabeth and Garry Whitehouse share their nomination. Elizabeth and Garry’s daughter, Lucy, was born prematurely at 23 weeks and 4 days, weighing only 575g. She spent a total of 161 days in the neonatal unit at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow. Mum, Elizabeth, says: "Some days were extremely stressful and some strangely wonderful”. Here she tells us more about their experience as a family and shares her thoughts on the nursing team who helped them during their neonatal journey.
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New app at King’s Mill Hospital brings parents closer to sick babies


30 May 2018
      

New app at King’s Mill Hospital brings parents closer to sick babies

From left to right: Rachel Barker, Matron; Stephanie Boland, Neonatal Nurse; Susan Selby, Sister; Sarah Roberts, Neonatal Nurse; Clare Harris, founder of the Emily Harris Foundation.Parents of newborns that need to be cared for at King’s Mill Hospital’s neonatal unit will now be able to watch their baby's progress and share special moments, even if they can’t be at their bedside.

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Parent-led charity, Spoons, plans to continue to support neonatal families in 2018 and beyond


25 May 2018
      

Parent-led charity, Spoons, plans to continue to support neonatal families in 2018 and beyond

Since launching vCreate Neonatal, we have discovered a network of wonderful people and organisations that make it their business to improve care for premature and poorly babies and to provide support for their families. Spoons is one of those organisations, and we are delighted to share their story of how they came to be, and to help raise awareness of the great work they do.

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10 tips to help fathers cope with their NICU journey


18 May 2018
      

10 tips to help fathers cope with their NICU journey

The impact of premature birth on fathers is unfortunately an under-discussed topic, despite dads feeling just as scared and overwhelmed as their partners. Fathers to premature babies have spoken out about how they felt they couldn’t open up about their feelings. Ben Orrah spoke to the Yorkshire Post about his mental health struggles

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Preemie mum thanks nursing team that helped her through the toughest of times


18 May 2018
      

Preemie mum thanks nursing team that helped her through the toughest of times

Leeanne Campbell is the latest parent to share her NICU Superheroes with us. Leeanne’s daughter, Carys, was born prematurely at 23 weeks in the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow. She told us that all the staff there were fantastic, but there were three nurses in particular who helped her and her family through the toughest of times...
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10 steps to minimize stress in the NICU for parents and staff


16 May 2018
      

10 steps to minimize stress in the NICU for parents and staff

To show our support for Mental Health Awareness Week (14-20 May 2018) we have identified ten to-dos for parents who have experienced premature birth. Stress is common among parents of babies born earlier than expected and who need specialist treatment. We hope parents will gain valuable advice for looking after their own mental health and keeping stress in check; staying strong both physically and mentally has been known to have a positive effect on your baby’s recovery. 1. Atte

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Aberdeen Maternity Hospital Becomes the First in the North of Scotland to Introduce vCreate


15 May 2018
      

Aberdeen Maternity Hospital Becomes the First in the North of Scotland to Introduce vCreate

Parents of babies who need extra care in Aberdeen’s Neonatal Unit will now be able to receive video updates of their baby’s progress directly to their smartphone or tablet. The vCreate App will allow nurses to capture baby’s first moments through video updates and send them securely to parents own devices. Once the video clip has been sent to a parent’s account they can access videos of their child at anytime of day or night.

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App for Neonates Shown to Reduce Stress and Anxiety Among Parents of Preemies


11 May 2018
      

App for Neonates Shown to Reduce Stress and Anxiety Among Parents of Preemies

A survey carried out ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week (14 - 20 May) has found that the provision of the vCreate Neonatal App in NHS Neonatal Units helps to reduce anxiety of parents whose baby is receiving specialist neonatal care. Babies born too soon often need to stay in hospital after they are born and this can lead to increased stress and anxiety among parents.

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Patient-led innovation could help provide a solution to NHS funding shortages


09 May 2018
      

Patient-led innovation could help provide a solution to NHS funding shortages

A secure video messaging service that connects parents with their child's progress in NHS Neonatal Units is being introduced by NHS Trusts across the country. The original idea for the vCreate App came from a parent of a child receiving specialist neonatal care at the Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow. Hospital staff were asked to consider video updates as a way of reassuring parents on the wellbeing of their baby at times when they were not able to be in the Neonatal Unit.

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Maxine and her Rainbows Knitted Hats for Preemies, Here's Why...


08 May 2018
      

Maxine and her Rainbows Knitted Hats for Preemies, Here's Why...

vCreate and Preemies UK’s recent partnership brought together volunteer knitters and crocheters from around the country to craft woolly hats for premature babies. In an effort to rally the troops, we reached out to a number of groups within the community to help support the project, one such group was the 2nd Hagley Rainbows, led by Maxine Wyeth.

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We've done it - Make a Hat for a Preemie reaches 1000 hats


04 May 2018
      

We've done it - Make a Hat for a Preemie reaches 1000 hats

Preemies UK and vCreate have been counting up all the wonderful hats you’ve sent in support of the ‘Make a Hat for a Preemie’ campaign, and are super-proud to reveal that we have now received over 1000 woolly hats!The project’s original target was 100 hats so to have 1000 hats ready to send out to NHS Neonatal Units is a fantastic achievement.

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Volunteer Knitters Come out in Force to Make Hats for Premature Babies


01 May 2018
      

Volunteer Knitters Come out in Force to Make Hats for Premature Babies

A knitting campaign that launched at the beginning of April to find volunteer knitters to make hats for premature and sick babies in Neonatal Units has tripled its original campaign target. Neonatal Units across the country already benefit from the work of Preemies UK, a charity that encourages knitters and crocheters to make handmade cardigans, hats, blankets and toys for premature babies

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Preemie Mum, Marissa, shares her NICU Superheroes


27 April 2018
      

Preemie Mum, Marissa, shares her NICU Superheroes

Our campaign to celebrate excellence in neonatal care continues as Marissa Albert nominates two members of staff, Rachel and Debbie, as her NICU Superheroes for the care they gave to her premature twins Marley and Rocco.

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vCreate Pledges Support for Mental Health Awareness Week


26 April 2018
      

vCreate Pledges Support for Mental Health Awareness Week

vCreate will join thousands of individuals and organisations from 14th - 20th May in support of Mental Health Awareness Week. Together we’ll tackle stress, which can lead to health problems such as anxiety and depression.

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Tell us about your experience of the vCreate Neonatal Video System


24 April 2018
      

Tell us about your experience of the vCreate Neonatal Video System

Could you spare 2 minutes to share your experience of the vCreate Neonatal Video System? As part of Mental Health Awareness Week (14 - 20 May), vCreate would like to raise awareness of the stress and anxiety faced by parents of premature and sick babies. We hope that you’ll agree how important it is that there is a great network of support for parents who have experienced premature birth.
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HUGG Recognised in Chief Medical Officer’s Third Annual Report


20 April 2018
      

HUGG Recognised in Chief Medical Officer’s Third Annual Report

The CMO of NHS Health Scotland, Cath Calderwood, launched her third annual report today at Airdrie Community Health Centre. ‘Practising Realistic Medicine’ highlights the benefits that can be achieved when patients have greater involvement in decisions affecting their care. Calderwood, says that ‘Realistic Medicine’ has become a social movement with its principals being welcomed and implemented by many healthcare professionals across the world.

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The Best Reading Initiatives for Babies and Children


20 April 2018
      

The Best Reading Initiatives for Babies and Children

World Book Night on Monday 23 April celebrates books and reading across the country. The event is run by The Reading Agency, a national charity that aims to inspire people’s enthusiasm for reading, and to help their confidence in reading grow.Here at vCreate we love initiatives that encourage people to read, and are particularly interested in helping to promote reading in the neonatal unit, something that studies have shown helps the electric pathways in baby’s brains to develop.

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A Guide to Milestones for Parents of Premature Babies


18 April 2018
      

A Guide to Milestones for Parents of Premature Babies

The uncertainty associated with having a baby prematurely can be emotional and traumatic for parents, because preemies face greater health risks; those first few months and years can be a time of worrying, watching and waiting. So, when preemie babies do reach these magical milestones, the desire to capture them can be even greater.

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Shelley, Founder of Preemies UK, tells us why she setup the charity and shares her tips for new knitters


17 April 2018
      

Shelley, Founder of Preemies UK, tells us why she setup the charity and shares her tips for new knitters

Shelley Mitchell is the founder of Preemies UK, a charity that encourages knitters to make handmade cardigans, hats, blankets and toys for premature babies around the UK.Shelley has been running the service since 2006 and with the help of a dedicated team of volunteers and Facebook fans, sends knitted items to neonatal units across the country. We caught up with Shelley to find out more about the work of Preemies UK and to pick up some tips.
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Time to Launch our ‘Make a Hat for a Preemie’ Competition


16 April 2018
      

Time to Launch our ‘Make a Hat for a Preemie’ Competition

At the beginning of the month, vCreate launched their Make a Hat for a Preemie campaign, in partnership with Preemies UK. The campaign was established to find knitters and crocheters to help knit or crochet 100 hats for premature and poorly babies spending time in the neonatal unit.

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We’re on our way to REaSoN 2018


13 April 2018
      

 We’re on our way to REaSoN 2018

vCreate is gearing up to showcase Neonatal Video System and our (soon to be announced) new feature at this year’s annual REaSoN Neonatal Meeting.This summer vCreate will join hundreds of NHS neonatal staff and exhibitors at the 3 day event at Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick.

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Mum, Emma, nominates Elise and Wendy as her NICU Superheroes


13 April 2018
      

Mum, Emma, nominates Elise and Wendy as her NICU Superheroes

It’s that time again, time to announce our latest NICU Superheroes! The team here at vCreate recently launched a new campaign to help parents, whose baby has spent time in the neonatal unit or special care baby unit, give special recognition to the staff who made a real difference to their family during their time there.

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Pro-knitter, Bev Leestma, shares her tips for making newborn hats for preemies


13 April 2018
      

Pro-knitter, Bev Leestma, shares her tips for making newborn hats for preemies

This week, as part of our ‘Make a Hat for a Preemie’ campaign, the vCreate Team caught up with pro-knitter, Bev Leestma, from The Make Your Own Zone to pick up some expert knitting tips and to find out what drives her to do what she does. Bev, who is based in Michigan, knits hats for newborns and donates them to the maternity and neonatal ward at her local hospital.

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vCreate Heads West to Demonstrate Neonatal Video System


12 April 2018
      

vCreate Heads West to Demonstrate Neonatal Video System

This week, Ben Moore of vCreate hit the road once again to demonstrate the vCreate Neonatal Video System to a number of hospital units that form part of the South Western Neonatal Network.The tour began with a visit to Gloucester, stopping at the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and from there moved on to Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton, followed by a visit to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.

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The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne Set to be First in Australia to Launch the vCreate Neonatal Video System


11 April 2018
      

The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne Set to be First in Australia to Launch the vCreate Neonatal Video System

The Newborn Intensive Care Unit (Butterfly Ward) at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne is set to become the first in Australia to introduce, vCreate, a secure video messaging application that allows parents of premature and sick babies the opportunity to stay up-to-date on their baby’s progress when they are not able to be with their baby in the neonatal unit.
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5 Ways to Deal with Stress when Your Baby is in the Neonatal Unit


06 April 2018
      

5 Ways to Deal with Stress when Your Baby is in the Neonatal Unit

The experience of a having your baby arrive prematurely is undoubtedly an extremely difficult time for parents. Equally, if a baby is born full term, but requires extra special care in the neonatal unit, the uncertainty that brings can lead to feelings of incredible stress.As April is Stress Awareness Month, we have put together a list to help parents navigate their way through their time in the neonatal unit, without it impacting upon their mental wellbeing.

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Your five-step plan to securing a vCreate sponsor for your Neonatal Unit


04 April 2018
      

 Your five-step plan to securing a vCreate sponsor for your Neonatal Unit

The vCreate platform has always been free and will continue to be free to Neonatal Units and parents. The sponsorship funding model gives charities and other private organisations the opportunity to support their local neonatal unit by funding the application.In exchange for providing sponsorship for the vCreate App, sponsors can expect to receive positive media coverage and association with tech for good, whilst also having a positive impact on the lives of hundreds of families.

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Emma and Neil from RHC NNU Receive NICU Superhero Award


03 April 2018
      

Emma and Neil from RHC NNU Receive NICU Superhero Award

Here at vCreate we continue to celebrate the incredible work of NHS neonatal staff with our NICU Superheroes Award. It is wonderful to hear from families who have received outstanding care from neonatal unit staff and who want to give them special recognition for their hard work.

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vCreate and Preemies UK Partner to Make 100 Woolly Hats for Premature Babies


02 April 2018
      

vCreate and Preemies UK Partner to Make 100 Woolly Hats for Premature Babies

On Monday 2nd April, vCreate is launching ‘Make a Hat for a Preemie’ – a campaign that aims to find knitters and crocheters who can knit a hat or two for premature and poorly babies.Through our Facebook community (parents of premature and sick babies), local knitting clubs and Girl Guides groups, we aim to knit or crochet 100 hats for babies in 30 days.

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10 Top Gifts for a Baby Born Too Soon


30 March 2018
      

10 Top Gifts for a Baby Born Too Soon

The excitement that comes with the arrival of a new baby is hard to beat, we’re immediately rushing to send a card, choose the perfect gift and generally find ways to show our support for our loved ones at this life-changing moment. A new person has entered the world, and our lives. What happens though when a baby arrives early and your friends or family member’s lives are suddenly turned upside down? What can we do to help? This is more than likely, unchartered territory, and you may feel nervous or unsure about what is an appropriate gift for the new baby.
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vCreate launch Easter Effect for Video Updates from the Neonatal Unit


29 March 2018
      

vCreate launch Easter Effect for Video Updates from the Neonatal Unit

This Easter weekend, neonatal unit staff have the option of sending personalised video messages from the neonatal unit with the “Easter Egg” effect, a feature available to all units using the vCreate Neonatal video system. Easter-themed personalised videos are available to all units currently using the vCreate Neonatal video system.

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The PPBF fund innovative video technology to support parents of premature babies


28 March 2018
      

The PPBF fund innovative video technology to support parents of premature babies

From left to right: Jo Priaulx, Trustee PPBF, Crystal Braybrook, Senior Neonatal Nurse and Heather Renouf, Lead Nurse Neonatal.The Special Care Baby Unit at Princess Elizabeth Hospital (PEH), Guernsey, is to hold a special event on Wednesday 28th March at 11am to mark the launch of vCreate, a web-based maternity application that allows nurses to record special moments that might have previously been missed by parents of premature babies.
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Launching vCreate at your NHS Trust, a PR and Communications Toolkit


24 March 2018
      

Launching vCreate at your NHS Trust, a PR and Communications Toolkit

This guide provides practical guidance on how to launch the vCreate system from a PR and Communications perspective. The tips you’ll find below come from our experience of previous launches and what units have found most effective in terms of engaging media to run a story. Plus, we’ll take a look at the importance of social media for a successful launch.
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Congratulations to our latest NICU Superhero, Marnie!


20 March 2018
      

Congratulations to our latest NICU Superhero, Marnie!

In every edition of our new parent-focused newsletter, The Little Miracles Roundup, we are celebrating the amazing work of NHS neonatal staff. Last week our NICU Superheroes were Millie and Emma G from St Michael’s Neonatal Unit in Bristol. Next to receive the NICU Superheroes badge of honour is Marnie McVeigh. Marnie is a Neonatal Nurse at the NICU Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Glasgow. Marnie has received not one, but two nominations.

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Mum of preemie twins shares how her NICU experience changed her life, and career


19 March 2018
      

Mum of preemie twins shares how her NICU experience changed her life, and career

My journey to parenthood was a long one. After 3.5 years of unexplained infertility, countless interventions, and a failed round of IVF, I was pregnant. Not only was I expecting one baby, but it was twins. I was overjoyed and terrified. I had been dreaming of that moment for so long, and yet it was hard to relax and enjoy a high-risk pregnancy. The majority of my pregnancy was uneventful until around 27 weeks. At a routine appointment, signs of pre-term labour were noticed and I was checked into the hospital for indefinite bed rest.

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vCreate Launch New Fundraising Campaign to Refurb and Refresh Family Rooms in Neonatal Units


19 March 2018
      

vCreate Launch New Fundraising Campaign to Refurb and Refresh Family Rooms in Neonatal Units

Family rooms provide a haven for parents of premature or poorly babies who need space to relax, make a cup of tea, or spend some quality time with other siblings. Following discussions with unit leaders and nursing staff at NHS Neonatal Units, vCreate is excited to announce details of our latest fundraising campaign to support parents of babies born too soon. “Neonatal Family Room Refurb or Refresh” is a project that aims to improve family rooms in neonatal units across the UK.

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The Neonatal Unit at the Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow, Celebrates One Year of Video Messaging


10 March 2018
      

The Neonatal Unit at the Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow, Celebrates One Year of Video Messaging

One year ago today the Neonatal Unit at the Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow, launched vCreate to help parents of premature and poorly babies stay up-to-date on their baby’s progress with video updates sent directly to their smart device.
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vCreate on a mission to find the nation's NICU Superheroes


07 March 2018
      

vCreate on a mission to find the nation's NICU Superheroes

Monday, 5th March, was a day to remember at vCreate Towers as we launched our new parent-focused newsletter, The Little Miracles Roundup.The Little Miracles Roundup aims to share the stories that matter most to parents of premature or poorly babies, as well as providing a platform for parents to engage with other parents, and for celebrating the amazing work of neonatal staff.

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vCreate celebrates its 1st birthday at RHC NNU, where the service first launched


06 March 2018
      

vCreate celebrates its 1st birthday at RHC NNU, where the service first launched

This Saturday, 10th March, vCreate is celebrating its first birthday in the Neonatal Unit at the Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow. Twelve months ago, RHC NNU officially launched the service to families and have since registered more than 200 parents for reassuring video updates. The vCreate application lets nurses record and send secure video updates that then form part of a video diary for parents.

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vCreate Demonstrate Neonatal Video System in Northern Ireland


06 March 2018
      

vCreate Demonstrate Neonatal Video System in Northern Ireland

This week vCreate's Founder, Ben, has been on tour again with vCreate; this time Ben has been to Northern Ireland, where he was asked to present the vCreate Neonatal Video System to doctors and nurses from neonatal units.The one-day event, organised by Alison McNulty, the Chief Executive of TinyLife, the premature baby charity for Northern Ireland, and held at the TinyLife offices, aimed to provide a shortlist of the best available video technology and webcam systems for neonatal units.

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Mums in maternity Mother’s Day Gift-Guide!


05 March 2018
      

Mums in maternity Mother’s Day Gift-Guide!

Giving birth is a roller coaster of emotions both happy and sad. Anxious and worrying thoughts are amplified for mums who need to stay in hospital that little bit longer, or whose baby needs special care. Thoughtful gift-giving can be a great way of boosting mum’s mood and showing how much her family loves and cares about her. To give you a helping hand, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best gifts for mums who are still in hospital.

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10 of the best books for NICU readers


01 March 2018
      

10 of the best books for NICU readers

This week we’ve learnt a thing or two about the power of reading to children in the first year of life, and also about the health benefits it can offer to patients and their parents. To conclude our week-long programme of book-related activity, we asked parents and those involved with NICU reading programmes in neonatal units to name and review their favourite books.
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Tips for encouraging reading in the NICU from RHC Nurse Tracy Clinton


01 March 2018
      

Tips for encouraging reading in the NICU from RHC Nurse Tracy Clinton

Tracy Clinton is a Senior Charge Nurse in the Neonatal Unit at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow. The unit recently introduced a new reading programme for parents and babies on the unit, here she tells us about it. In December we launched a wonderful partnership with the Scottish Book Trust and the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow to bring their Bookbug programme to our NICU.

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Reading in the NICU: Jack’s Choice


28 February 2018
      

Reading in the NICU: Jack’s Choice

Last but by no means least, Jack Weightman, the first parent to receive vCreate videos at the Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow, shares his reading choice. Jack’s daughter, Sophie, was born with Stickler syndrome which can lead to complications wi

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Reading in the NICU: Annette’s Choice


27 February 2018
      

Reading in the NICU: Annette’s Choice

Like Sarah, who kindly shared her World Book Day recommendation yesterday, Annette Russell from Glasgow also knows how reading can help parents whose baby needs to stay in hospital for additional care. Annette’s son Nathan was born at 31 weeks gestation and required special care on the neonatal unit at the Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow. In this short interview, Annette tells how reading helped her and her family emotionally and mentally whilst Nathan was in hospital.

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SCBU becomes first Level One in England to use video updates to connect parents and their babies


27 February 2018
      

SCBU becomes first Level One in England to use video updates to connect parents and their babies

From left to right: Luchi Sharpe - Staff Nurse, Christina Thomas - Senior Sister, Lorraine Head - Ward Administrator, Michele Wright - Senior Sister, Danielle Crane - Nursery Nurse Associate Practitioner, Karen Smith - Nursery Nurse, Chloe Packham - Sister.
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Reading in the NICU: Sarah’s Choice


26 February 2018
      

Reading in the NICU: Sarah’s Choice

First to share her World Book Day reading list is Sarah Clark. Sarah’s daughter, Skye, was born last February, 10 weeks early. Problems with Skye’s lungs meant she struggled to breathe on her own and required lengthy stays in Ninewells and the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow.Sarah and her family found that reading to Skye in the neonatal unit helped to soothe Skye, as well as giving them a positive focus, as we found out when we caught up with Sarah.
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vCreate starts World Book Day celebrations early to raise awareness of the power of reading to babies in the neonatal unit


26 February 2018
      

vCreate starts World Book Day celebrations early to raise awareness of the power of reading to babies in the neonatal unit

On Thursday 1st March, vCreate will join thousands of organisations across the UK in support of World Book Day. Through our close relationship with neonatal units, nurses and parents, we’ve learnt just how powerful reading can be, and we want to do everything we can to raise awareness about the benefits of reading for babies and parents in the neonatal unit.

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vCreate gets the thumbs up in Australia


26 February 2018
      

vCreate gets the thumbs up in Australia

Earlier this month, our founder, Ben Moore, set off for the sunny shores of Australia (we’re not jealous at all) to meet with nursing teams and doctors and present the vCreate Neonatal Video System.This weekend, a seriously jet-lagged Ben touched down in England with wonderful news that the feedback received about vCreate in Australia was really positive.

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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.
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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 use video updates to connect parents and babies


09 October 2017
      

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust NICU 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 »




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 neonatal 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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