Special visit to special care baby unit
Published: 12 March 2009
Tina Donnelly, Director RCN Wales, this week paid a special visit to the Gwenthealthcare NHS Trust Special Care Baby Unit at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport. Tina met with nursing staff, received a guided tour of the department and had a discussion with RCN members regarding the positive work carried out in the unit. Nurses are the key in the successful delivery of high quality neo-natal services. Speaking during her visit Tina commented that, “The demand for care within special care and neonatal units has risen over the last 20 years due to advances resulting in improved survival rates of premature and low birth weight babies. It is always rewarding to meet our members carrying out their roles."
Joan Foy, Senior Nurse Neonatal Services, said: “Tina’s visit was incredibly inspiring. She spoke to nurses staff, asked questions about our roles and was able to witness a baby being admitted to the ward. It’s nice to have leaders such as Tina visit the shop floor to see some of the challenges we face on a daily basis.”
At the conclusion of the visit Tina remarked, "It takes a very special nurse to give specialised care to these vulnerable babies. The SCBU team in Gwent ensure that patients receive the highest standard of healthcare enabling them to get the very best start in life.”