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A new electronic baby tagging system has been launched in the Maternity Unit and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

The new system, which has gone live on Wednesday January 18, involves attaching an electronic tag to the ankle of every baby born at Chelsea and Westminster in order to protect babies and give parents peace of mind.

An alarm will go off if any unauthorised attempt is made to remove a baby from the Maternity Unit or NICU.

Essential data about both mother and baby is stored on the electronic tag for quick referencing and identification.

The new baby tagging system provides extra assurance for parents in addition to the existing security arrangements at Chelsea and Westminster which includes a door entry system for all wards on the Maternity Unit and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

The hospital has also published the latest January/February issue of its TrustNews which includes news of two additional new children’s operating theatres, both due to open together with an extended Paediatric High Dependency
Unit, day surgery, and expanded surgical recovery area in the week beginning January 30.

The hospital says this is the second phase of the Netherton Grove Extension. The first phase opened last Setember with
two children's operating theatres, surgical admissions and pre-assessment area.

Simon Eccles, Clinical Director for Children’s, Neonatal and Young People’s Services, says: "The opening of these new facilities is a hugely significant landmark in our development of the new Chelsea Children’s Hospital at Chelsea and Westminster.

"Over the next 18 months an integrated paediatric service will be created on the 1st Floor of the hospital including upgraded children’s inpatient wards and outpatients

Other facilities such as Children’s A&E, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, therapies and child
development services are also located at Chelsea and Westminster.

Mr Eccles explains: " Our aim is that by the end of 2013 the 1st Floor will be home to what amounts to a new children’s hospital. In recognition of the scale of the development we have renamed our children’s services as Chelsea Children’s Hospital. The name and logo were chosen
following a consultation exercise with patients, parents and staff."

January 18, 2012