Fife mums will now be able to keep an eye on their premature babies in the neonatal unit from their hospital bed, thanks to the launch of new video technology.
Eight cots in the intensive care baby unit at Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy have been fitted with wireless cameras, with a live feed transmitted through a secure internet connection.
New mums, who often need care themselves after giving birth to a premature baby, can watch their tots on a tablet screen from another part of the hospital.
The innovative ‘mylittleone’ project was launched on Friday in the Victoria’s neonatal unit, which is the first hospital in the UK to invest in the technology.
The scheme has been marketed by The Digital Health Institute and is in partnership with HealthAlert24 with NHS Fife being the first health board involved with the ground-breaking project.
Nurses in the special care baby unit control the camera feed, which transmits a secure live video stream to the tablets in the parents’ hospital room.
The cameras also link up to a computer in the nurses’ station giving an additional level of care.
The technology aims to bring mum and her baby physically closer at a time that can be difficult.
New parents Michelle McShane (18) and Chris Gould (17) praised the scheme, which they have been the first to use. Their baby boy Jack was born on November 4 and was six weeks premature.
Michelle said: “It feels amazing to be able to see him like this and even though you are in another room you feel as if you are right there with him. I don’t have to walk a distance, I can just look at the monitor.”
Dr Sean Ainsworth, NHS Fife consultant paediatrician and neonatalogist, said: “We hope that ‘mylittleone’ will help to overcome some of the potential psychological consequences, for example the sense of isolation, by allowing mothers to see their baby when they are unable to be close by.”