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George Eliot go the extra mile for separated families at Christmas

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SCBU Christmas Day 2016

Staff at George Eliot Hospital have been injecting some added Christmas cheer to the families of those babies who had to stay at the Special Care Baby Unit over the festive period. 

For most, Christmas is a time to celebrate in the company of those you love, however for some, the time of year can be particularly difficult, as they are separated from their new born children. To help aid families during this tricky period, staff have been going the extra mile by putting together Christmas goody packs and sprinkling some festive cheer through the corridors of the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) 

Midwives and nurses across the maternity unit have been putting together a variety of treats, including hand knitted Christmas hats for babies in the labour suite, while in SCBU, families received Christmas stockings made up of a ‘first Christmas’ bauble, a Santa hat, a knitted cardigan, and a George Giraffe or Eliot Elephant toys.  Additionally, staff made reindeer cards, using a pattern incorporating the baby’s footprints, as well as a box of chocolates which were given to the parents of babies being cared for at SCBU. 

Cheryl Curson, Senior Sister of the SCBU at George Eliot Hospital, said: “We know that Christmas can be really difficult time for families who are separated due to illness and this is particularly true with new born babies. 

“We’ve tried to do everything possible to make sure that Christmas can be a time with just a little bit of joy in people’s lives. The staff here work incredibly hard every day to provide the very highest quality of care and we are very proud of both our neonatal and maternity services. I’d personally like to thank the staff, who have done this work using their own initiative, and who have truly embodied the values embedded within the Trust.”  

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