Helping hands for families in need

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FAMILIES with poorly infants will soon benefit from a new support system thanks to a joint partnership between the neonatal Unit at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary (RLI) and local children’s centres.

Approximately eight per cent of newborn infants are born prematurely and some babies born at term are unexpectedly ill.

A proportion of these infants will need the extra care that can only be provided by the services and staff available on neonatal units.

Many of the families in these situations experience high levels of stress and although parents are grateful for the help and advice they receive from staff within these units, their needs are often complex and varied and neonatal staff are not always in the best position to meet these needs.

That is why the staff at the Neonatal Unit at the RLI have been working with the staff within Lancashire County Council’s children’s centres throughout Lancaster and Morecambe to provide a new early referral service.

See The Visitor (18-10-11) for full story.