Enter our Halloween Competition and Win Pumpkin Hats for Preemies


13 October 2019
      

Enter our Halloween Competition and Win Pumpkin Hats for Preemies

Halloween is on the way and we have five crocheted pumpkin hats for preemies to give away!

If you are the parent of a premature baby who is being cared for in the neonatal unit right now, or you know someone who is, then this competition is for you. Alternatively, perhaps you are a member of a neonatal team? As long as you enjoy Halloween as much as we do, keep reading!

Visit our Facebook page and see our pinned post to enter. We will select five winners at random and announce them next Saturday 19th October at 10:00am. Good luck all!

Details about the hats:
They are crocheted using 100% acrylic yarn and are machine washable. The sizing is as follows: Circumference - 11 inches, length - 4 inches.

*Each competition winner will receive one pumpkin hat*



Today's NICU Superhero is Lisa from the NICU at the QEUH, Glasgow


11 October 2019
      

Today's NICU Superhero is Lisa from the NICU at the QEUH, Glasgow

Lindsay Chalmers' little girl Georgia has been in the neonatal unit for over 100 days now. We can’t even begin to imagine what that must be like for her parents and big sister, but the good news is, she will hopefully be heading home very soon. Lindsay wanted to say thank you to a particular member of the neonatal team at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow

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Jill thanks Kate, with a nomination for our NICU Superhero Award!


04 October 2019
      

Jill thanks Kate, with a nomination for our NICU Superhero Award!

Today’s nomination for our NICU Superhero Award comes from Jill Kerr. Jill’s daughter was born prematurely at 28 weeks gestation, and was cared for in the neonatal unit at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital. She got in touch to nominate a special lady who helped her through this worrying time, Jill has nominated Kate Buchan, Infant Feeding Advisor.

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Congratulations to Ashleigh from Royal Preston Hospital NICU


27 September 2019
      

Congratulations to Ashleigh from Royal Preston Hospital NICU

It’s Friday once again, and on Fridays we celebrate the fabulous work of neonatal staff, shining a light on all that they do! In addition to caring for poorly and premature babies in the neonatal unit, these superstars also guide and support the parents of these little ones through those difficult days, weeks, and sometimes months.
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Today's NICU Superhero is Julie from Royal United Hospital, Bath


20 September 2019
      

Today's NICU Superhero is Julie from Royal United Hospital, Bath

We love Fridays here at vCreate Towers, because on Fridays we unmask more of your NICU Superheroes! Our NICU Superhero award invites parents to get in touch and say an extra special thank you to those members of the neonatal team that helped them through some of the scariest days of their lives. When a baby is in the neonatal unit, life can be full of uncertainty, but there are some pretty incredible people working there to help guide you through.

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Leo’s Neonatal bring vCreate's Secure Video Dairy to 4 neonatal units!


19 September 2019
      

Leo’s Neonatal bring vCreate's Secure Video Dairy to 4 neonatal units!

Today saw the launch of vCreate's Video Messaging App in the neonatal unit at James Cook University Hospital (the first of four neonatal units over the coming months), thanks to a partnership between Leo’s Neonatal and vCreate. Leo’s Neonatal is a charity that was founded by Lottie King, in memory of her son Leo, who very sadly passed away just a few short hours after his premature birth.

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Luca's mum Susan nominates Rosie as her NICU Superhero!


13 September 2019
      

Luca's mum Susan nominates Rosie as her NICU Superhero!

Today’s NICU Superhero looks familiar ... this is Rosie Moncur’s second nomination! Rosie works in the neonatal unit at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital and was first nominated by Èva’s mum Stacey, in May earlier this year. Today's nomination comes from Susan Hutcheon, who got in touch to share her thanks for the care her son Luca received following his premature birth.

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Teresa from the Walnut Ward is Elizabeth's NICU Superhero!


06 September 2019
      

Teresa from the Walnut Ward is Elizabeth's NICU Superhero!

Baby Harrison was born earlier this year, arriving at 41 weeks gestation. Not long afterwards, he was transferred to the Walnut Ward, the Special Care Baby Unit at Darent Valley Hospital. Harrison was transferred for suspected sepsis, low blood sugar, low sodium and jaundice.

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Webinar: Implementing Family Integrated Care in the Neonatal Unit


02 September 2019
      

Webinar: Implementing Family Integrated Care in the Neonatal Unit

An invitation to neonatal nurses, join us as we hear how the neonatal unit at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital successfully implemented family integrated care, and the benefits this shift in culture brought.We know from speaking with units that many are finding the move towards a parent-led model of care a challenge... mindsets and ways of doing things can be so ingrained and it takes real courage to go in a different direction.

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Sarah from Aberdeen is today’s NICU Superhero!


30 August 2019
      

Sarah from Aberdeen is today’s NICU Superhero!

Today’s nomination for our NICU Superhero award, which recognises those who care for poorly and premature babies in the neonatal unit, comes from Amie Wilson. Amie’s twins, Marley and Rowan, were born prematurely at 31 weeks gestation earlier this year and were cared for by the neonatal team at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital. Amie told us about her journey and why she would like to thank one nurse in particular:

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Knitting and Needlework: Crafting in and for the Neonatal Unit


29 August 2019
      

Knitting and Needlework: Crafting in and for the Neonatal Unit

Knitting, crocheting and crafting, there is an entire army of people out there who are using their creative talents to give back to the community and we think it's fantastic. In addition to helping others, there are a number of benefits for those people who are getting their "craft on" and we wanted to learn more ...
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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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