Mums praise Harrogate Special Care Baby Unit

Mums praise Harrogate Special Care Baby Unit

Published by Harry Long at 2:23pm 29th November 2019. (Updated at 2:27pm 29th November 2019)

Mums in Harrogate have been praising Harrogate District Hospital's Special Care Baby Unit.  

  • The Special Care Baby Unit is located at Harrogate District Hospital.  
  • It has been re-accredited as Unicef Baby Friendly.
  • The unit looks after babies that are born from 32 weeks gestation to term.

The unit has been successfully re-accredited as Unicef Baby Friendly.

Visitors have described staff as kind and considerate, with mums saying they were very happy with the level of care provided.

The Special Care Baby Unit looks after babies that are born from 32 weeks gestation to term.  It has special care cots and specialised equipment and staff.  There are also two parent bedrooms with kitchen and bathroom facilities, a dedicated breastfeeding room and breast pumps.

Baby looking at camera lying on sheep skin rug

 

To meet the standard, the unit was judged against a set of criteria including supporting parents to have a close and loving relationship with their baby; enabling babies to receive breastmilk and to breastfeed when possible; and to value parents as partners in care. These standards are independently assessed by Unicef.

Julie Walker, Matron for Paediatric Services at Harrogate District Hospital, said:

“I’m so proud of my colleagues in the Special Care Baby Unit. This re-accreditation is entirely due to their hard work and dedication to providing the best possible care for new arrivals, mums and their families. So much work goes into this achievement.

“The Unicef inspector said she’s seen a significant difference since her last visit two years ago and is encouraging us to go further. All the team should feel immensely proud of the work they have achieved. 

“The award give assurance to mums-to-be that we are completely focused on providing high quality care. Thank you to colleagues, and to mums and their families, for their part in these achievements. The challenge now is to continue our efforts, keep innovating and do even more for our families.”

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