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Nursery nurses at Queen’s Hospital, Romford, awarded for improving the care of newborn babies

PUBLISHED: 10:46 01 July 2013 | UPDATED: 10:55 01 July 2013

•	Pictured receiving their Star of the Month Award with Chairman Peter Dixon and Director of Midwifery Wendy Matthews are nursery nurses Laura Biggs, Alex Curtis, Aine Drummond, Busola James, Liza Lagden, Vanessa Lockley, Lisa Maltby, Deborah Mortlock, Lauren Purse, Melissa Strevens, Donna Tizzard and Jessica Trench.

• Pictured receiving their Star of the Month Award with Chairman Peter Dixon and Director of Midwifery Wendy Matthews are nursery nurses Laura Biggs, Alex Curtis, Aine Drummond, Busola James, Liza Lagden, Vanessa Lockley, Lisa Maltby, Deborah Mortlock, Lauren Purse, Melissa Strevens, Donna Tizzard and Jessica Trench.

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A team of nursery nurses at Queen’s Hospital have been praised for dramatically improving the care of newborn babies.

The team, who work at the hospital in Rom Valley Way, Romford have been named as the trust’s Stars of the Months for the work they have carried out to improve care.

Rebecca Perchard, Neonatal Liaison Sister, said: “I simply cannot praise this team of nurses enough. I believe they have become an essential part of Queen’s Maternity Services. I am proud of the service they provide to local mums and babies. They are a joy to work with.”

The team look after babies who have been born by caesarean section or whose mothers are unwell.

The nursery nurses also care for premature babies who do not need the additional support provided on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU).

The babies may have conditions such as jaundice, which are not life threatening.

Rebecca said: “They take on a huge responsibility for the neonates and each and every one of them goes above and beyond the call of duty. They often come back from meal breaks early, or go home late, to ensure that everything is done to help prevent the babies being admitted to SCBU and NICU.”

Parents too have praised the nurses, saying they are “kind, helpful and reliable” and are great at keeping them informed of their baby’s progress.

Wendy Matthews, Director of Midwifery, said: “The Trust has invested and expanded the team from three to more than 10 posts during the last two years. We know that more nursery nurses lead to happier mothers and babies.

“Having more nursery nurses on the post-natal wards allows them to spend more time with individual babies so they can recognise the early signs of illnesses much more quickly, and make referrals to other services sooner.

“This extra care and attention has ensured that new born babies are not separated from their mothers as the babies have been kept safe and healthy. This has led to a reduction in the number of babies that are transferred to NICU and SCBU.”


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