Have a cracking Easter

These five little hatchlings have arrived just in time for Easter.

Royal Surrey County Hospital’s egg-scellent team of knitters have created these hats to make our new arrivals have a cracking first Easter.

As well as being egg-stra cute, the hats also have a very important purpose and are part of the Trust’s celebrated bobble hat care bundle.

Royal Surrey’s Maternity Service welcomes almost 3,000 babies into the world each year and was rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission.

Midwife, Claire Worthington, and Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Jo Macleod, created the initiative after discovering that full-term babies were being admitted to the Special Care Baby Unit as a result of becoming cold, despite a warm ward environment.

It sees each newborn given a colour coded woolly hat 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, normally a baby would 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.

As well as having adopted by other NHS trust, the bobble hat initiative was also named a finalist at the Nursing Times Awards.

Jacqui Tingle, Royal Surrey’s Deputy Director of Midwifery, said: “What parents forget is that the room could be really warm, but a newborn has no ability to maintain its own thermal regulation for the first 48 hours of its life.

“When a baby’s temperature drops it can cause a number of problems.

“We are incredibly grateful to our loyal and creative band of knitters who ensure that we have a regular supply of bobble hats.

“Without their dedication and hard work this initiative would not have succeeded.”

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