SCBU Sister Mintu and Debora

The Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) at Yeovil Hospital has passed the first stage in the Bliss Baby Charter accreditation scheme.

The Bliss Baby Charter was designed by the charity Bliss to standardise a high quality of family centred care across the UK. The charter focuses on seven core principles including social, developmental and emotional needs, feeding and discharge, all with the purpose ensuring consistent care across the country. 

More than 175 neonatal units across the UK are participating in the programme with the aim of become gold accreditation status. Yeovil Hospital has passed The Pledge of improvement, the first of four steps to achieving gold accreditation.

Neonatal Sister Debora Horta said: “Providing outstanding care to our families has always been a priority at the trust, which is why we jumped at the chance to join the Bliss accreditation and be part of future positive changes for babies and families.” 

Being a part of The Baby Bliss Charter has a wide range of benefits for both families and the SCBU teams,from support implementing care that is consistent with other units to professional development training for staff to help increased parental confidence and reduce hospital stays.

The trust is already preparing the applications for the next stage to demonstrate the care provided. Debora added: “It takes five years to achieve the gold accreditation, but we are confident that we will pass every stage. The accreditation is really important for us and I am extremely proud of the team and Mintu for their hard work in getting the wonderful care we provide babies and their families recognised”


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