Newborn clinic gets Sheffield team on prize shortlist

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A team of Sheffield hospital staff is in the running for a ‘team of the year’ prize.

The group, from the Jessop maternity wing, developed a clinic called Rapid Access for Babies, which makes it easier for community midwives to arrange support for infants who have lost weight or are jaundiced.

Before the scheme was set up, babies that required assessment were readmitted to a ward, where they had to wait to be seen by a doctor.

That led to a high number of unnecessary readmissions among mums and their babies.

Now, after the baby is assessed, the team helps parents develop a feeding and follow-up plan. In many cases mothers are able to return home with their newborn children within a few hours.

The Jessop’s team is shortlisted in the ‘team of the year’ category at the Royal College of Midwives Awards.

Caryl Skene, consultant nurse in neonatology, said: “We are delighted to be recognised for our work. It can be a worrying time for families if their newborn baby has lost weight or is jaundiced, and we want to offer reassurance and support as quickly as possible to eliminate that anxiety and make sure the baby is well.”

The winner will be announced on Wednesday, January 22.