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Cork’s Newborn Screening Programme wins national award

Claire Cashman, Newborn Hearing Screening Manager at CUMH with the Astella Award

Cork University Hospital (CUH) has been given national recognition for their remarkable efforts to improve the future for patients in Ireland. The ‘Newborn Hearing Screening’ programme won a national award in the Astellas Changing Tomorrow Awards for their entry : Delivering Success through Commitment. The programme detects, diagnoses and intervenes with hearing problems in babies before they reach three months. Parents of all babies born at Cork University Maternity Hospital are offered a hearing screening test for their baby prior to being discharged from hospital as well as those born at home.

Meanwhile A second project, ‘Labeling Stillbirth’, from CUH received a commendation at the Astellas Awards for the work carried out with bereaved parents.  The hospital developed a simple ‘teardrop’ sticker which was displayed on all medical records to alert staff to the previous history of stillbirth. The sticker is a discreet way of ensuring that healthcare professionals who come into contact with bereaved parents are aware of the pregnancy history and treat the couple with sensitivity.