Sarah Bates, Neonatal Consultant, The Great Western Hospital, Neonatal Mental Health Awareness Week Spokesperson

I graduated from University of Wales College of Medicine in 2002, and began paediatric training in 2003, finishing in the Severn Deanery.

Developed an early interest in LNU Neonatology, and, after CCT in 2015, was appointed as a Consultant Paediatrician & Neonatologist in Swindon, an LNU in the SW Neonatal Network.

Passionate about multidisciplinary perinatal education, running a successful cross-speciality neonatal simulation training programme. Course director for the Swindon NLS course, in addition to instructing on GIC, EPLS & APLS.  ​

In 2017, elected as the national representative to BAPM Executive Committee for LNU and SCU units.Also work on the BAPM Quality Collaborative and the Extremely Preterm Working Group.
Current areas of work include
·       Delivery Room cuddles for preterm infants.
·       Breastfeeding outcomes after tongue tie assessment
·       Family Led Ward Rounds on the Neonatal Unit
·       Increasing rates of delayed cord clamping in preterm infants

Facts & Figures

79% of parents said a neonatal stay affected their mental health

Leo’s saw a 337% increase in need due to COVID-19

Did you know, reading to your baby in the NICU helps their development?

Leo's Neonatal

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