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IMB approaches RECOOP’s Rubies for help

Wednesday, February 14th 2018

Following an appeal in October 2017 by the Royal United Hospital Bath asking for knitters to help provide tiny bobble hats for new-born babies at the RUH Bath Birthiang Centre, the Independent Monitoring Board approached The Rubies, a Day Centre run by RECOOP for the over 50s at HMP Eastwood Park, for help.  The ladies jumped at the opportunity to be a part of this project. 

The hospital is introducing a traffic light, colour-coded system of green, amber and red bobble hats to help ensure that babies receive the correct level of care they need.

Rachel Coleman, Practice Development Sister, said: "Babies will still receive the traditional midwifery care, but this is an extra visual aid. A green bobble means your baby is term, warm and feeding well. Amber indicates a baby needs a little more help with feeding and keeping warm. Red indicates a baby will have regular observations by a nurse or midwife”.

Alma Hageman, RECOOP’s Project Manager at HMP Eastwood Park, said: “With some 5,000 babies a year being born at the RUH, there’s a never-ending demand for the bobble hats and the Rubies will continue to send them for as long as they are needed”.

Quotes from some of our Rubies:

“I had a new born many years ago who was tiny.  Unfortunately, she didn’t survive and it helps me making hats for other babies who are premature”.  JE

”I like the project as the hats are so small and  it doesn’t take long to see some results!”. SR

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