November 9, 2011
Royal Surrey Chief execuitve Nick Moberly with the Transitional Care Unit team
On the 31st October, the Royal Surrey officially opened the refurbished Transitional Care Unit at the hospital.
The unit is based on the postnatal Shere Ward and allows babies who need extra support to be nursed next to their mum. These babies do not require admission to the Special Care Baby Unit but need extra care such as having antibiotics or phototherapy.
Gail White, Midwife Ward Manager and Jo Macleod, Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, have recruited a team of Maternity Support Workers to work with them.
Jo MacLeod said
‘Keeping mums and babies together is especially important to help with bonding and increase the success of breast feeding. The Transitional Care Unit creates the opportunity for this.’
Transitional care has been taking place in the maternity unit for some time and due to its success the Trust, with the help from charitable funds, has extended the area to accommodate six mums and babies.
Jenny Hughes, Head of Midwifery said;
‘This is a brilliant example of paediatricians, nurses and midwives working together to provide the best possible care for mums and babies.’
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