Southmead NICU wins unit of the year award

Thursday, 13 January 2011

The neonatal unit (NICU) at Southmead Hospital has been named Neonatal Unit of the Year at the Mother & Baby Big Heart Awards 2011 (sponsored by Megabloks), in aid of the special care baby charity Bliss.

In a special awards ceremony at the Park Lane Hilton, London, on January 12, representatives from the unit were presented with their award by Saira Khan.

The unit was nominated by Rebecca Lemin of Bristol whose twin girls Isabella and Eliza were born there in 2008.

Isabella and Eliza were born 15 weeks early and spent 18 weeks on the unit.

Rebecca said: “From the moment we entered the unit the girls had superb care and we were treated with such compassion. Southmead made our 18 week stay bearable. The care and support they gave us as a family has enabled us to cope with the events of the last two years.”

Su Monk, Clinical Matron for Child Health at North Bristol NHS Trust - which runs Southmead Hospital, said: "To be named neonatal intensive care unit of the year is a great honour. We have a fantastic and dedicated team at the unit and this award really is a testament to their hard work and commitment to the babies and mums and dads we care for every day."

Bliss Chief Executive Andy Cole said: “Huge congratulations to all at the Southmead neonatal unit.

“They are very deserving winners who have clearly made a real difference to the lives of Rebecca and her family.

“The outstanding level of care and dedication given to the hundreds of babies and their families each year make them very worthy winners and we are thrilled to award them with Neonatal unit of the Year.”