RS128279_3208Royal Surrey County Hospital’s bobble hat initiative has been recognised at an annual midwifery conference for helping to keep babies out of special care.

A poster outlining the Trust’s midwife led Bobble Hat Care Bundle was highly commended by MBRRACE (Mothers & Babies – Reducing Risk through Audits and Confidential Enquiries) at the launch of the second UK wide audit into baby deaths.

The report is keen to understand and support local initiatives to reduce the rates of stillbirths and neonatal deaths.

It found that the Trust’s perinatal mortality rate, which covers the period immediately before and after birth, was 10 per cent lower than the national average.

The hospital’s Bobble Hat Care Bundle was one of five submissions recognised at the event held at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

The Trust’s idea came about after midwives Claire Worthington, Jo Macleod and Kate Rosati discovered that babies were being admitted to the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) as a result of becoming cold, despite a warm ward environment.

The simple initiative sees each newborn given a colour coded woolly hate to wear straight after birth, which not only keeps them warm, but also assists midwives in making sure new mothers receive the appropriate level of support.

For example, a baby will receive a red hat if they are born prematurely, amber is for those who have endured a difficult labour and green for those deemed low risk.

Jacqui Tingle, head of midwifery, said: “As a Trust we strive to achieve the best care and outcomes for our patients and we are constantly evaluating our service to see where improvements can be made.

“The Bobble Hat Care Initiative is just one example of this and has proved extremely valuable in reducing our admissions to SCBU.

“We are incredibly grateful to all of the knitters who continue to supply hats.”

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