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International praise for health visiting services in Dorset

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Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust has gained international recognition after being awarded full “baby friendly” accreditation by UNICEF and the World Health Organization.

The Baby Friendly Initiative recognises the high standards of care provided by breastfeeding and health visiting services in Bournemouth and Poole.

After receiving the first and second stages of accreditation in May 2013, the trust has been working hard to achieve the full accreditation by demonstrating an exceptional service is being delivered.

Fiona Haughey, the trust’s director of nursing and quality, said: “We are delighted to have now been awarded the third and final stage to be fully accredited.”

The Baby Friendly Initiative is a global programme which provides a practical and effective way for health services to improve the care provided to all mothers and babies.

The award is given to health facilities after an assessment by a UNICEF team has shown that recognised best practice standards are in place.

Sue Ashmore, Baby Friendly Initiative programme director, added: “We are delighted that Dorset HealthCare has achieved full Baby Friendly status in Bournemouth and Poole.

“Mothers across Bournemouth and Poole can be confident that their health visitors will provide high standards of care,” she said.

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