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NWRHA: Improvements at the Port of Spain General Hospital’s Neonatal Unit
Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Port of Spain 4th April, 2018:
The North West Regional Health Authority (NWRHA) continues its drive to improve healthcare services in its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Port of Spain General Hospital as significant upgrades of the facility and the services provided have taken place in this most delicate area of the hospital.
One new initiative is the introduction of the Kangaroo Care system in the NICU. This is a method of caring for premature babies in which the infants are held, skin to skin, by a parent, usually the mother, for as many hours as possible every day. This lifesaving method has proven to be highly successful, even for babies on respiratory support, as it improves oxygen saturation rates, better regulates infant’s body temperature and conserves a baby’s calories. 
A television monitor has also been installed in the waiting area of the NICU. Educational information is displayed to advise parents of: the NICU environment, how they can assist in caring for their babies, breast feeding tips and how to prevent infections through effective hand washing and other hygienic practices. This presents another avenue for parents to learn about special infant care. Childbirth education sessions continue to take place, on a regular basis, at the antenatal clinic for mothers and their partners. In addition, the unit received a beautiful facelift courtesy the art students of the International School of Port of Spain.
All of the aforementioned enhancements were implemented for the overall benefit of the infants, parents and their familial support systems.
The North West Regional Health Authority continues in its thrust to deliver quality maternal and infant care and partners with the Ministry of Health as we strive for a Healthy Me, Healthy You and a Healthy Trinidad and Tobago.

The beautifully painted walls outside NICU


Student of the International school painting the wall outside NICU


Monitor displaying educational information in NICU


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