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Princess Alexandra Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (8177486)
Princess Alexandra Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (8177486)

All 45 nurses at Princess Alexandra Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) went on a training course run by babycare charity BLISS – a nationwide first.

It was paid for by Harlow business Land Sheriffs. Managing director Tyler LeMay is a supporter of the Harlow hospital's maternity department as his three children were born there.

He said: I wanted to give something back to the hospital for the wonderful care they provide for these vulnerable newborns.”

On average, around 30 babies a month are cared for at PAH's NICU.

The BLISS family and infant neurodevelopmental education (FINE) course comes highly recommended for neonatal units as part of improving staff knowledge and skills in delivering developmental care to babies and their families to improve long-term outcomes.

It covered newborn neurodevelopment; parent/infant relationships and the 'parental journey'; observing and understanding infant behaviour; managing stress and pain; sensorimotor experience in the neonatal unit; baby-led feeding; and 'kangaroo care' to promote skin-to-skin contact.

NICU manager Janelle Gardner said: “The training has to be self-funded so not all trusts are able to access it for all their staff – typically it will only be a part of the team. It was a dream come true to be able to offer it to all our NICU nurses.

"BLISS has developed training methods over years of work around the globe and is acknowledged as a leading charity for care of premature and vulnerable babies.”



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