Christmas gift helps FN&HC make lighter work of infant health checks

The invaluable work of Family Nursing & Home Care became just a little easier this week, thanks to support from Jersey Electricity. Weighing around 1,000 new babies a year at least twice on home health visits requires accurate, portable scales that are light and easy for Health Visitors to carry. This week the charity took delivery of seven new sets of ultra-light Seca scales and back-pack-style carrying cases thanks to a donation Jersey Electricity makes annually with money saved not sending corporate Christmas cards.

FN&HC’s Ivo Le Maistre Smith said: ‘Some of the scales we have are old and very heavy and needed to be replaced. Every Christmas Jersey Electricity helps us buy the equipment we need and this year we have been able to buy five Seca Electronic Baby and Infant Scales, two stand-on scales for slightly older children and a Leicester Height Measure.

‘These measurements are important to our Health Visitors in ensuring children are progressing normally and in looking after children who may be experiencing developmental problems. As you can imagine, when weighing tiny babies, every ounce is important so the scales must be accurate and consistent. We are very grateful to JE for supporting us again in this way.'

JE CEO Chris Ambler said: ‘This is the eighth year we have supported Family Nursing & Home Care in this small way and we are delighted to be able to help the tremendous work they undertake on behalf of our Island community.’