Commu-knitty spirit for RUH Bath babies

Hospital staff have praised the public for their “amazingly generous response” to their appeal for knitted bobble hats after “thousands” were sent to newborn babies at the RUH Bath Birthing Centre.

The hospital launched a request for bobble hats in October and asked knitters and crocheters for help.

Since then the Bath Birthing Centre’s antenatal and postnatal Mary Ward has been inundated with gifts from all over the world.

The bobble hats have a colour-coded system of green, amber and red pom-poms to help
ensure that babies receive the individual care they need.

A spokesperson said: “Knitters aged from nine- to 94-years-old have got involved with hats being sent from 159 different locations, and from countries including America, Portugal, Spain, UK and Ireland.

“The maternity team is keeping track of every parcel they receive but with 5,000 babies a year being born at the RUH there’s a never-ending demand for knitting aid.”

Rachel Coleman pictured with some of the thousands of bobble hats that have been sent into to the RUH Bath Birthing Centre

Rachel Coleman, Practice Development Sister, said they have been “overwhelmed” by the number of people from around the world who have taken the time to get knitting.

She added: “The response has been incredible – every spare space we had is now filled with bags of hats. We can’t reply to everyone personally, but a big “thank you” to everyone who has sent us hats.

“Babies will still receive traditional midwifery care, but this is an extra visual aid.

“A green bobble means your baby is term, warm and feeding well. Amber indicates a baby needs a little more help with feeding and keeping warm. Red indicates a baby will have regular observations by a nurse or midwife.

“The hats will make a real difference in further improving the quality of care we provide and we are extremely grateful for every hat donated.”

If you would like to join the knitting brigade, you can follow the pattern and send your hats to:

The Bath Birthing Centre
Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust
Combe Park
Bath
BA1 3NG