Top Unicef award for health vis­it­ing ser­vice

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Health vis­it­ing ser­vices in La­nark­shire have once again been awarded the pres­ti­gious‘Baby Friendly Award’from Unicef.

The in­ter­na­tional award is given to ser­vices that dis­play best stan­dard prac­tices to pro­tect, pro­mote and sup­port breast­feed­ing and to strengthen mother-baby and fam­ily re­la­tion­ships.

Among the ser­vices on of­fer is the breast­feed­ing sup­port group which cur­rently op­er­ates out of Ruther­glen Pri­mary Care Cen­tre.

Anne Marie Bruce, NHS La­nark­shire act­ing in­fant feed­ing de­vel­op­ment mid­wife, said:“This reac­cred­i­ta­tion is a trib­ute to the con­stant pro­fes­sion­al­ism and hard work of our ded­i­cated health vis­it­ing staff.

“The health vis­it­ing teams in north and south La­nark­shire met all of the cri­te­ria for con­tin­ued Baby Friendly ac­cred­i­ta­tion. The staff were com­mended for their work to main­tain the very high stan­dards they es­tab­lished. It was clear to the as­sess­ment team that moth­ers re­ceive the best stan­dard of care from their health visi­tor.”

The Baby Friendly Ini­tia­tive, set up by Unicef and the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion, is a global pro­gramme which pro­vides a prac­ti­cal and ef­fec­tive way for health ser­vices to im­prove the care pro­vided for all moth­ers and ba­bies.

Sue Ash­more, Baby Friendly Ini­tia­tive pro­gramme di­rec­tor, said: “We are de­lighted that the NHS La­nark­shire health vis­it­ing ser­vices have been reac­cred­ited with the Baby Friendly sta­tus.”

Got to www. feed­good­fac­tor.org.uk for more in­for­ma­tion .

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