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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Peterborough City Hospital achieves bronze award for Bliss Baby Charter



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A hospital has been recognised for the intensive medical care it provides to unwell newborn babies.

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Peterborough City Hospital has achieved its bronze accreditation for the Bliss Baby Charter after receiving funding from the Local Maternity and Neonatal System Operational Delivery group.

The Bliss Baby Charter provides neonatal units with a practical framework to assess themselves against as a measure of quality of service.

The Special Care Baby Unit at a North West Anglia Foundation Trust Hospital
The Special Care Baby Unit at a North West Anglia Foundation Trust Hospital

It consists of an online audit tool which has several stages within the programme and leads to gold accreditation.

Prior to achieving the bronze award, the unit had already undertaken two previous audits, to gain a baseline and compose an action plan which helped staff to make changes and improve the service.

Katie Barke, NICU ward manager, said: “This has been a fantastic achievement for the NICU team.

Peterborough City Hospital
Peterborough City Hospital

"I am incredibly proud of the team; this award is evidence of the amazing care they provide to the babies and their families.”

The unit has a dedicated ‘Bliss’ team which led on the project to support the unit though the accreditation process.

Receiving the Bliss Baby Charter bronze award, recognises the changes that have been made to improve the delivery of excellent family-centred care.

The next step for the team is to work towards silver accreditation.



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