Leanne from the LGI gets Sam and Chris’s vote for our Award


21 February 2020
      

Leanne from the LGI gets Sam and Chris’s vote for our Award

Today's nomination for our NICU Superhero Award comes from Oliver's parents, Sam and Chris Wiseman. Oliver was cared for by the team at the Leeds General Infirmary, and when we asked Sam about her little boy's journey so far, this is what she told us:

"Oliver was born at 36 weeks and 5 days and was on ICU (Intensive Care Unit) for three days and spent two weeks on HDU (High Dependency Unit). He has Pierre Robin Sequence with a cleft palate, which makes breathing and feeding difficult during these early months, and he has AVSD (Atrioventricular Septal Defect). Now home he has recently had the thumbs up to have his airway out."

Oliver has had a tough start but is now doing incredibly well and you can see some of the precious photos that Sam and Chris have kindly shared with us of their NICU warrior, over on our Facebook page.

So onwards to the nomination for our award, who did Oliver's parents choose as their NICU Superhero?

"We would like to nominate Leanne Dibb from the neonatal unit at Leeds General Infirmary. Leanne was absolutely fantastic throughout our journey through ICU to HDU and showed such care for our little boy.

She knew him so well after a couple of shifts with him that when she took over looking after him one morning, she knew just from how he was acting that he was not himself. She alerted doctors straight away and his temperature and a CRP confirmed he had an infection, but he was already on the antibiotics he needed due to her quick response. This just shows the level of care and attention given to know our baby so well, even when looking after a number of different babies through the week.

Leanne was also a fantastic support to my partner and I and gave us the confidence to take on his care and kept us going through the toughest of days. We will be forever grateful."


Thank you to Sam and Chris for their nomination and for sharing their family's story so far, it's great to see Oliver doing so well. Congratulations to Leanne, you are a NICU Superhero!

Join the search for NICU Superheroes!

Why not let the parents in your neonatal unit know about the NICU Superhero Award? We have designed a poster which you can print off and display so that more parents can learn about our quest to unmask those NICU Superheroes out there. You can find the poster here.



vCreate Launch New Messages System


19 February 2020
      

vCreate Launch New Messages System

Units using vCreate can now benefit from our new Messages System to send email and SMS messages to parents, in addition to videos and photos.This system is a one-way messaging service, allowing teams to send quick updates to parents without the need to make a video or take a photo. There are built-in templates to save staff time, such as a ‘Daily Update from the Unit’ which can be populated with weight and feeds information.

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Our Special Video Effect for Valentine's Day is Now Live


10 February 2020
      

Our Special Video Effect for Valentine's Day is Now Live

This coming Friday is Valentine’s Day and we are ready to help vCreate users make it a special day for their families Today we have put our new Valentines themed video effect live. The effect (which our vCreate Champions have had a sneak preview of) can be added to videos that clinical staff make for families. Staff simply record their videos as normal and then select the new Valentines option from the background drop down when they come to edit the clip, easy.
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Thea’s mummy Rachael has nominated Emmy from Southmead NICU


07 February 2020
      

Thea’s mummy Rachael has nominated Emmy from Southmead NICU

Today's nomination for our NICU Superhero Award comes from Thea's mummy, Rachael Hunt. Her little girl was born prematurely at 27 weeks gestation, weighing just 1lb 7oz and spent an incredible 126 days in the neonatal intensive care unit at Southmead Hospital in Bristol. Rachael told us: "Leaving your baby overnight every night for days, weeks and months is heartbreaking, but the staff at the unit became like family and looked after our girl as if she were their own. We can't tha

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Abby nominates Angie from RUH Bath as her NICU Superhero


31 January 2020
      

Abby nominates Angie from RUH Bath as her NICU Superhero

It's time to reveal another parent nomination for our NICU Superhero Award!Today's nomination comes from Charlie's mummy Abby Sharper. Charlie was born prematurely at 32 weeks and 4 days gestation, weighing 4lb 12oz. During the first few weeks of his life he received care in not one, but two hospitals. Abby also required a hospital stay following the delivery, here she tells us her story and names the NICU Superhero who helped her on this journey:
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Kayleigh names Jocelyn from Aberdeen as her NICU Superhero


24 January 2020
      

Kayleigh names Jocelyn from Aberdeen as her NICU Superhero

Today's nomination for our NICU Superhero Award comes from Blaise’s mummy Kayleigh Heddle As Blaise was born prematurely and arrived seven and a half weeks early, he required a stay in the neonatal unit at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital, where he spent 4 weeks before he was strong enough to go home.

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vCreate Launch Champions Programme to Improve Unit Support


22 January 2020
      

vCreate Launch Champions Programme to Improve Unit Support

As we continue to launch in more units, we want to help teams make the best possible use of vCreate to send secure, reassuring video updates to parents when they can’t be on the unit. Many units are doing an amazing job already - which is why we have created the vCreate Champions Programme
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Beat the Blue Monday Blues with Our Competition!


20 January 2020
      

Beat the Blue Monday Blues with Our Competition!

Today is Blue Monday, a day which is said to be the most depressing day of the year - oh joy - well don't worry because we've got it covered with a competition aimed to help us all focus on taking better care of ourselvesWe all know the essentials that help us to feel good ... quality sleep, managing stress levels and taking time to focus on ourselves to see what our bodies need, but it can be difficult when we are all so busy with our jobs, families and other commitments.

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Charlotte’s mum Lynn nominates former NICU warrior Jodie


17 January 2020
      

Charlotte’s mum Lynn nominates former NICU warrior Jodie

Today's nomination for our NICU Superhero Award comes from Lynn Alexander. Lynn's daughter Charlotte was one of the stars of our Little Miracles Advent Calendar and featured behind door number 17. Charlotte was born prematurely at 27 weeks and 6 days gestation and was cared for in three neonatal units, the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow, the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital in Glasgow and the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley.

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Kay from the QEUH in Glasgow is Lauren’s NICU Superhero


10 January 2020
      

Kay from the QEUH in Glasgow is Lauren’s NICU Superhero

When Hunter was born prematurely at 26 weeks gestation, he was cared for by the neonatal team at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow. He is now home and doing well, and described by his mum Lauren McMillan, as, "a wee monkey!" Well that wee monkey just celebrated his first Christmas at home, what a special time for the family.
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2019: What a Year! Here are our Highlights from the last 12 months


05 January 2020
      

2019: What a Year! Here are our Highlights from the last 12 months

So 2020 is here, Happy New Year! We wanted to take a moment to reflect on some of our highlights from the past 12 months as 2019 was a fantastic year for us, here’s what we got up to during that time:BBC BreakfastWe were delighted that the use of vCreate in the neonatal unit at Princess Anne Hospital in Southampton was covered by BBC South, BBC Woman’s Hour and BBC Breakfast!

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Congratulations to Heather, you are the first NICU Superhero of 2020!


03 January 2020
      

Congratulations to Heather, you are the first NICU Superhero of 2020!

Welcome to 2020! Let's kick off the new year with another nomination for our NICU Superhero Award! Today's nomination comes from Emilie's mum Debbie Calder. Emilie was born prematurely and spent 3 months in the neonatal intensive care unit at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital before being discharged in October. Shortly after Emilie arrived home, Debbie contacted us to share her story and her thanks for a special member of staff on the unit who helped her through her neonatal journey.

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Our New Year's Eve Video Effect is Now Live


29 December 2019
      

Our New Year's Eve Video Effect is Now Live

Help your families ring in the new year. Capture a memorable moment for them on camera that they can keep forever 2020 is nearly here, where does the time go?! To celebrate, we have created a new video effect that staff in units that are using vCreate's Secure Video Diary, can add to their videos for families to help mark this special occasion.
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Samantha from PRM in Glasgow is Charlotte's NICU Superhero


27 December 2019
      

Samantha from PRM in Glasgow is Charlotte's NICU Superhero

The last nomination for our NICU Superhero Award to be revealed in 2019 comes from Charlotte Rushforth Charlotte contacted us in October to nominate her NICU Superhero following the birth of her premature twins, Greer and Tavish. They were born at the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital in Glasgow and were cared for in the neonatal unit until they were strong enough to go home.

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Aaron nominates Morag from Aberdeen as his NICU Superhero


20 December 2019
      

Aaron nominates Morag from Aberdeen as his NICU Superhero

Today’s nomination for our NICU Superhero Award comes from Grace-Marie’s dad, Aaron Taylor MacInnes Grace was born prematurely at 28 weeks and 6 days gestation and spent a total of 3 ½ months in the hospital before she was well enough to go home. 8 weeks were spent in the neonatal unit at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital before she moved to the Special Care Baby Unit in Inverness, much closer to home.

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Today's NICU Superhero is Simon from King's Mill Hospital


13 December 2019
      

Today's NICU Superhero is Simon from King's Mill Hospital

This week's parent nomination for our NICU Superhero Award comes from Blake and Flynn's mum, Haley Stocks Haley's two boys Blake and Flynn, were both born prematurely and cared for at King's Mill Hospital, Sutton-in-Ashfield. Tragically, her first son Blake passed away when he was just 5 months old due to a rare heart condition.

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Kayleigh gets Megan's vote for our NICU Superhero Award


06 December 2019
      

Kayleigh gets Megan's vote for our NICU Superhero Award

When Isobelle entered the world 12 weeks early, she required a stay in the neonatal unit at Royal Preston Hospital, where she received extra special care until she was strong enough to go home. During her time in the hospital, Isobelle’s mum Megan, met a nurse on the unit who she would now like to nominate for our NICU Superhero Award.
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vCreate Launches at Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice in Middlesbrough


04 December 2019
      

vCreate Launches at Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice in Middlesbrough

Today we attended the launch of vCreate in the first hospice in the UK, Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice in Middlesbrough. Also in attendance were the neonatal charity Leo’s, who recently partnered with the hospice to help reach even more families in the region by working together. Leo's are funding the use of vCreate's Secure Video Messaging Diary in four neonatal units in the North East and wanted to bring the system to families using the hospice.

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Congratulations to Chris from the Walnut Ward at Darent Valley


29 November 2019
      

Congratulations to Chris from the Walnut Ward at Darent Valley

Today’s nomination for our NICU Superhero Award comes from Hannah Vice. Her little boy Montgomery was born at 39 weeks gestation, suffering with Respiratory Distress Syndrome, which meant he needed some specialist care to help with his breathing before he was able to go home. He spent one week in the Special Care Baby Unit (the Walnut Ward) at Darent Valley Hospital, being cared for by the neonatal team.

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Today's NICU Superhero is Kayleigh from Leeds General Infirmary


22 November 2019
      

Today's NICU Superhero is Kayleigh from Leeds General Infirmary

It’s that time of the week again, it’s time for us to reveal another parent nomination for our NICU Superhero Award! We invite the parents of babies born prematurely, or poorly and requiring a stay in the neonatal unit, to come forward and share their thanks for those who cared for them. Each babies' journey is different and they can spend days, weeks and sometimes months in the hospital being cared for until they are well enough to go home.

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


18 November 2019
      

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

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


15 November 2019
      

Bonnie’s mum Siobhan nominates Sara as her NICU Superhero

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

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


13 November 2019
      

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

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

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Emma nominates former preemie Emily as her NICU Superhero!


08 November 2019
      

Emma nominates former preemie Emily as her NICU Superhero!

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

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


04 November 2019
      

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

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

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Today's NICU Superhero has been nominated by three families!


01 November 2019
      

Today's NICU Superhero has been nominated by three families!

In recent weeks, we have received THREE nominations for today’s NICU Superhero, congratulations to Eilidh Ritchiefrom the neonatal unit at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital! Eilidh was nominated by Roslynn Gow, Sarah Lawson and Carolina Flannery, here are their stories.

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Leo’s mum Sarah Nominates Anna from the Walnut Ward


25 October 2019
      

Leo’s mum Sarah Nominates Anna from the Walnut Ward

Congratulations to today’s NICU Superhero, it’s Anna Slee from the Walnut Ward Special Care Baby Unit at Darent Valley Hospital! Anna has been nominated by Leo’s mum Sarah Honour, following his premature birth at 36 weeks gestation. Leo was taken to the Special Care Baby Unit, where he spent one week before being transferred to a second hospital for a further 8 days.

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Our Special Halloween Video Effects are now Live


21 October 2019
      

Our Special Halloween Video Effects are now Live

We are counting down to Halloween and our spooky themed video effects are now live and ready for units to use! Staff in Paediatric and Neonatal units like to help patients and their families celebrate special occasions throughout the year, helping them to create lasting memories.

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NICU Superhero Rachel, cared for all three of Gemma's preemies


18 October 2019
      

NICU Superhero Rachel, cared for all three of Gemma's preemies

It's that time of the week again, it's time to reveal another nomination for our NICU Superhero Award.We have received so many nominations from parents who want to say a big thank you to those special people who cared for their precious babies during their time in the neonatal unit.

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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!
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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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