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Musgrove's neonatal service above national average on care measures - 17 February 2016

Musgrove's neonatal service above national average on care measures - 17 February 2016

Musgrove’s neonatal service above national average on care measures

Musgrove Park Hospital’s neonatal service have been scored above national average on all care measures in a national audit of intensive neonatal care, run by the National Neonatal Audit Programme (NNAP).

The results, for the third quarter of 2015, were particularly impressive in breastfeeding which showed that 81% of babies born under 33 weeks were being breastfed when the mother was discharged, compared with 59% nationally. 

A top score of 100% of babies born at a gestational age of less than 32 weeks had their temperature taken within the first hour of birth. This is above the national average of 91%.

Documented consultations with parents by a senior member of the neonatal team within 24 hours of admission happened in 93% of eligible cases. This compares with an 86% national average.

Speaking of the accomplishments, Sue Spooner, ward manager for the Somerset Neonatal Unit at Musgrove, said: “The team and I are proud of these latest results being above national average. This is a great achievement and shows that the service is performing well.

“We are committed to continually improving our service through ongoing evaluation of our care, through that we aim to achieve even greater results in the future.”

Somerset Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (SNICU) is a specialised ward for the treatment of premature and sick newborn babies. The unit cares for sick and preterm babies within Somerset.