A TEAM of dedicated specialists who work with Scotland's tiniest babies have been recognised for their efforts.

Doctors and nurses at the Princess Royal Maternity in Glasgow has been praised for their work in improving the outcome for premature babies - some born as young as 23 weeks.

The team were awarded the "Excellence in Using Quality Improvement in Maternity, Neonatal and Paediatric Services" award at the Scottish Government Quality Improvement Awards.

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They developed a ‘Preterm bundle’, which includes a package of seven steps that improve the chances of a baby’s survival by up to a third.

Consultant neonatologist Dr Lynsey Still who led the project said: “The Princess Royal cares for some of the smallest and sickest babies in the country and we are constantly striving to ensure we deliver the highest quality of care, and improve both short and long term outcomes for our most vulnerable patients and their families.

“Working collaboratively with our obstetric colleagues, we developed a ‘Preterm Bundle’ to standardise care for preterm babies, and bring together the different elements that improve survival chances for our smallest patients."