A HEALTH trust has launched an appeal for volunteers to knit special red woollen hats to help term babies who need extra care.

The delivery suite at the University Hospital of North Tees is aiming to reduce the number of term babies admitted to the neonatal unit.

The unit, run by North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, assesses all babies at birth and those that need extra monitoring wear a red hat to raise awareness to both staff and parents.

It is expected this will help reduce the number of term babies from being cold or having low blood sugar levels, which then can lead to them being admitted to the neonatal unit.

Michelle Matchett, professional midwifery advocate, said: “These woollen hats will help highlight to staff and parents in the unit to be mindful if a baby is being more closely monitored.

"It is something we hope will improve outcomes for term babies.”

To help, call 01642 382718.