RS128280_3209-hprA dedicated team of knitters are helping Royal Surrey County Hospital’s midwives keep newborns babies out of special care.

They were drafted in after a number of babies were admitted to the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) as a result of becoming cold.

Midwives Claire Worthington and Kate Rosati and Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Jo Macleod created the Bobble Hat Care Bundle in a bid to cut unnecessary SCBU admissions.

They worked with a team of volunteers and the local Girl Guides to ensure every newborn is given a woolly hat to wear straight after birth.

The hats are also colour coded red, amber and green to assist the midwives in making sure the baby and new mother are best supported in the first few days of life.

For example, babies will receive a red hat if they have been born prematurely, amber is for those who have endured a difficult labour, and green for those deemed to be at the lowest risk.RS128281_3210-hpr

“No baby should be going to special care because it is cold,” said Jacqui Tingle, head of midwifery.

“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 other problems and this is one of the ways we are combating that.”

“The hats have been valuable in reducing our admission rate to the SCBU and we are incredibly grateful to all our knitters.”

Royal Surrey is always looking for more knitters. If you can help email


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