Life-saving team marks unit’s 35th year
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.” “