Life-sav­ing team marks unit’s 35th year

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A HOS­PI­TAL unit that de­liv­ers 500 bot­tles of for­mula milk a day to keep se­ri­ously ill pre­ma­ture ba­bies alive has marked 35 years.

The unit is the largest in Scot­land and prepares nu­tri­ent rich milk-based feeds for up to 80 pa­tients a day, from pre-term ba­bies to young adults suf­fer­ing from a va­ri­ety of ill­nesses.

The fa­cil­ity which is known as the ‘wee lab’ amongs staff is based in the cor­ri­dor be­tween the Royal Hos­pi­tal for Chil­dren and the Queen El­iz­a­beth Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal and led by Derek Gra­ham.

He said: “If you can imag­ine a res­tau­rant with 80 dif­fer­ent dishes on the menu, that’s just the start of un­der­stand­ing what we do here.

“We pre­pare in­di­vid­ual feeds for lots of chil­dren, work­ing with stan­dard for­mula, spe­cial­ist for­mula, in­di­vid­ual nu­tri­tional in­gre­di­ents and breast milk.

“We can mod­ify in­gre­di­ents in feeds such as pro­tein, car­bo­hy­drate, dif­fer­ent types of fat, vi­ta­mins, min­er­als and thick­ener to meet the nu­tri­tional needs of our pa­tients who can orally feed or be sup­ported by tube feeds.”

Pae­di­atric di­eti­tian Carla Ren­nie de­scribed the ser­vice as “in­valu­able.” “

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