A NEONATAL unit in Barnsley has been praised for its ‘high quality of care’ following an accreditation by Bliss Baby Charter.

The Barnsley Neonatal unit is the eighth neonatal unit nationally to receive the award for its support of babies and their families.

The outbreak of Covid-19 meant there couldn’t be a formal celebration and ceremony to celebrate the win.

But the unit was still able to put up a plaque and certificate which recognises the work it delivers every day.

Natalie Broadhead, a sister on Barnsley’s Neonatal Unit, said: “We are honoured and privileged to have been awarded the Bliss Baby Charter accreditation.

“We’re proud that the hard work of our families and staff have been recognised in this way and look forward to continuing to improve the family-centred care we offer on our unit.”

Chelsie Letts, Bliss’ Baby Charter programme lead, added: “We’re delighted to award the Bliss Baby Charter to Barnsley Hospital’s neonatal unit.

“By providing facilities to help parents stay by their baby’s cot side as much as they wish, the unit is championing family-centred care, which Bliss advocates as a way of improving outcomes for babies as well as having psychological benefits for parents.”