World Prematurity Day 2019
This year, for World Prematurity Day, we decided to raise awareness of the incredible work that is done by Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) staff for the miracle babies in our local and wider community.
We invited pupils from local schools to our head office in Coleraine for an Information Coffee Morning.
In attendance were Health and Social Care students from both the North Coast Integrated College and the Northern Regional College. We were also joined by P7 pupils from Culcrow Primary School in Aghadowey and St Brigid’s Primary, Ballymoney.
Angela Hughes, Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner at Altnagelvin Hospital, gave a talk on the function of the NICU and her role in a premature baby’s care.
Patricia McDermott, Neonatal Transport Co-ordinator at NISTAR (Northern Ireland Specialist Transport and Retrieval), presented from the neonatal transport ambulance and talked to attendees about the process of transporting premature babies between hospitals.
Our Neonatal Product Specialist, Emma McClure, gave an overview of how we produce neonatal life-saving products onsite that are transported to neonatal units around the world.
Nigel Armstrong took our guests on a factory tour where they had the opportunity to see a neonatal product being made in our cleanroom.
Nigel said, “Armstrong Medical manufactures respiratory products for neonatal care, in doing so we get to see the tremendous work done by neonatal healthcare professionals. It’s a pleasure to raise awareness through World Prematurity day.”
Elaine Johnston, P7 teacher at Culcrow Primary said, “We were delighted to be able to attend your event this morning. The children really enjoyed finding out more about what you do and were full of talk about it when they returned to school. Thank you.”