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Cute Guildford baby snaps - with a serious message

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Cute Guildford baby snaps - with a serious message

Published at 11:08am 24th October 2017.

A Guildford hospital has released photographs of newborn babies in adorable Halloween hats - but with a serious message.

The incredibly cute snaps show very young babies in spookily themed knitted hats.

But they are not there simply to make the internet say 'aah' - they actually serve a very important purpose.

The Royal Surrey County Hospital has a policy, which see all newborn babies given a colour-coded woolly hat to wear straight after birth.

It came about after a midwife realised that full-term babies were being admitted to the Special Care Baby Unit as a result of becoming cold - despite being in a warm environment.

The hats help to keep the newborns warm and the colour-coding ensure their mothers get the appropriate level of care.

For example, normally a baby would receive a red hat if they are born prematurely, amber is for those who have endured a difficult labour and green for those deemed low risk.

In the last financial year, all of the 2,973 babies welcomed at Royal Surrey received a knitted hat and this cut the number of admissions to the Special Care Unit by 16 per cent.

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Jacqui Tingle, Deputy Director of Midwifery, said: "We are incredibly lucky to have such a dedicated and creative army of regular knitters who ensure we have a ready supply of hats.

"These spooktacular editions will be very popular with our new parents and their little pumpkins on October 31st.

"This initiative also has a very important purpose and is just one example of how the maternity team strives to achieve the best care and outcomes for all our patients."

As well as having adopted by other NHS trust, the bobble hat initiative has been shortlisted for a Nursing Times Award.

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