"Perfume on neonatal unit"

About: Aberdeen Maternity Hospital / Neonatal Unit (Special Care Baby Unit)

(as a parent/guardian),

While I recognise the amazing work that staff in the neonatal, it's disappointing when you arrive for a cuddle with your baby and find they smell like one of the nurses very overpowering perfume! Surely they should not be allowed to wear to such heavy perfumes round these little babies?

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Response from Nicole Bauwens, Nurse Manager, Neonatal (Children's Division), NHS Grampian We have made a change

picture of Nicole Bauwens

Dear Caryn, thank you so much for taking the time to bring this to my attention.

Sensory stimulation including smell are so important for our vulnerable babies and perfume is not an appropriate stimulant. I will discuss this with the clinical team and can reassure you that practice has changed from today - clinical staff will no longer wear any perfume to work.

Without feedback, nothing would progress or change within my service. Feedback is so vital, thank you for advocating as a parent for your baby.

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