Cardiff and Vale University Health Board have announced that 12 babies have tested positive to a bacterial infection in Cardiff. You can read the story here.
The news of these infections and the closure of the neonatal unit is very worrying for the families involved and babies needing specialist treatment in Cardiff. This situation highlights the extreme vulnerability of special care babies and also the need for an environment where health professionals can deliver the best care to these babies.
Parents on the unit who may be concerned should speak to the doctors and nurses in the first instance. Any families needing support while their baby is in neonatal care can call the Bliss helpline on 0500 618140, Monday-Friday 10am-4pm and Monday-Wednesday 7-9pm. Outside of these times parents can email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Bliss' messageboard for support from our online community.