NICU staff support World Prematurity Day

MAIN NICU staff support World Prematurity Day
NICU staff and volunteers hosted an information stand at Ninewells

Staff from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) hosted an information stand at Ninewells in support of World Prematurity Day.

World Prematurity Day is marked globally on 17 November and this year’s campaign encouraged people to show their support by wearing purple.

Visitors to the stand were able to find out more about premature labour and preterm babies and the impact this can have on families. Staff were happy to chat about the work of NICU at Ninewells and the specialist care and support the team provides to preterm babies and their families.

Joining NICU staff on the information stand were representatives from the charity BLISS which provides support to premature babies and their families right across Scotland and the UK.

A representative from the charity Octopals also provided information on what the charity does and how people can get involved.  The charity donates knitted octopuses to the unit at Ninewells which have been specially created for babies to hold, providing comfort when they are in the incubators.

NICU senior charge nurse Alison Findlay said, “NICU sees around 550 admissions every year, with the majority of these babies being born premature.

“There is no single cause for babies being born prematurely and when it happens it can be an extremely anxious time for parents and their families and friends. Neonatal staff are committed to supporting families every step of the way to involve them in the day-to-day care of their baby so they feel they are part of the ward team from the moment their baby is admitted to the unit.

“World Prematurity Day is important as it raises awareness of babies born prematurely and the effect this can have on parents and families. World Prematurity Day is a significant day and we were pleased that so many members of the public took the time to visit our stand on the concourse.”

World Prematurity Day

In Scotland approximately 6,000 babies are born premature or sick every year.

World Prematurity Day was first celebrated in 2011 to raise awareness for the millions of children born prematurely across the world.

In recognition of the day several local landmarks in Dundee were highlighted purple including V&A Dundee, Slessor Gardens, Dundee railway station and Sleeperz Hotel, RSS Discovery Point and Caird Hall.

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