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Date and time
Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 16:00 to 17:30
Address
Castle Drive
Chester
Cheshire
CH1 1SL
United Kingdom

About the Event

Lynda Coulter (former Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Hospital Neonatal Nurse Practitioner)

Please note that this event will only be held when COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted. As a result, replacement virtual events will be substituted wherever possible if physical events cannot be held on this date. 

Donor human milk banking (DHMB) is not a new idea. Wet nursing was the precursor to DHMB but eventual awareness of the dangers of disease transmission ended this practice in the developed world and led to the first Human Milk Bank being set up in 1909 in Vienna.

The emergence of HIV in the 1980s raised new fears of disease transmission and resulted in the closure of virtually all HMB’s at this time.

The introduction of reliable blood tests for the presence of HIV and other transmittable infections in lactating mothers heralded the gradual re-emergence of DHMB both in the UK and further afield. While the practice received approval by NICE in 2010; it is still not an NHS service per se, although accepted by many paediatric professionals as an alternative feeding regime (in the absence of mother’s own milk) in specific circumstances. Others reject the concept on the basis that there is insufficient up to date evidence of its nutritional value.

It is against this backdrop that Lynda Coulter (a COCH neonatal nurse practitioner) introduced a nurse-led initiative for the Countess of Chester Hospital (COCH) to establish its own HMB facility. An account of the ensuing 14-year journey adds to the continuing evolution of child nutrition, especially within neonatal care and should prove of interest to an audience interested in healthcare promotion or indeed anyone who has been directly involved in bringing up a child.     

The University of Chester’s Faculty of Health and Social Care Historical Society aims to unite individuals with an interest in medicine, nursing, midwifery and social work across the University and the wider community. The Society meets regularly for a range of talks and discussion and anyone with an interest in health and social care or social history is welcome to attend.                                                                                                                       

Host: Faculty of Health and Social Care Historical Society

Admission free but booking necessary for seating and refreshment purposes (tea, coffee and cake will be provided).

Please contact fhsc.histsoc@chester.ac.uk or call 01244 512095 to confirm your place.

There is no car parking available at the Riverside Campus. Access to the lecture rooms is through the main entrance, opposite the River Dee. Further details on parking and transport options are available on our How to Find Us page.

The University of Chester Riverside Museum will also be open from 1-4pm, free admission and no booking necessary

Directions

Address

Castle Drive
Chester
Cheshire
CH1 1SL
United Kingdom