A new way of identifying babies who require extra support has been introduced at Conquest Hospital in Hastings using tiny bobble hats.

Every baby identified as requiring extra support receives a red hat straightaway after birth, to make them clearly identifiable.

The use of these bobble hats has reduced the number of unnecessary admissions into the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU), according to East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.

Debbie Laing, maternity matron, said:

“This initiative has been extremely well received by staff and parents alike.”

“It helps staff to immediately identify babies who require additional care or observation, and it is used in communication at all handovers with a red hat symbol on the ward white board.”

“The mothers take reassurance from this system because they know that staff are aware of their baby’s needs.”

The ‘Bobble Hat Care Bundle’ originated from a hospital in Surrey and since its introduction on the maternity unit, has received all round positive feedback from parents and hospital staff, alike, according to the trust.