The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Luton and Dunstable University Hospital (L&D) becomes the first hospital in the East of England region to achieve Gold Accreditation for the Bliss Baby Charter.
The unit, which cares for the most premature and sickest babies, has been awarded Bliss Baby Charter gold accreditation, after nearly six years of hard work and commitment.
The Bliss Baby Charter provides a practical framework for neonatal units to self-assess the quality of family-centered care they provide. It allows units to audit their practices and develop meaningful plans to make changes that benefit babies and their families.
After submitting three audits, an assessment and external assessors visiting the unit, the first Gold Accreditation in the East of England has been awarded to L&D’s NICU, the ninth unit in the whole of the UK .
Claire Adamson, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer of Neonatal Services at Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are so proud to have been awarded Gold Accreditation for the Bliss Baby Charter, it is an incredible achievement for our unit. and shows our commitment to family. care. We will continue to strive to do our best for all of our families and all of the babies who come through the unit.
Liz Lees, Chief Nursing Officer at Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: ‘The past few years have been difficult for the team in the neonatal unit, and this achievement truly recognizes all the hard work and determination of every member of staff. of the unit.
“Families who come through our unit can be assured that they will receive the highest quality care that meets individual needs, from the best team. »