Kind-hearted residents at Balhousie Coupar Angus have introduced a brand new hand-knitted clothing item for newborn babies at Ninewells Maternity Unit.

Nancy Redpath and Sheila Pirie have been knitting tiny ‘cannula sleeves’ to protect newborn babies’ hands if they require a cannula needle.

A beautiful intergenerational story, the idea came about when Home Administrator, Lorna Menzies, saw a post on Facebook from a hospital in Cambridge appealing for the little sleeves for babies receiving intravenous antibiotics. Lorna contacted Ninewells Maternity Unit to see if they had ever tried them. They hadn’t, so Balhousie Coupar Angus offered to make some for the hospital to trial.

Nancy and Sheila, who already knit lovely hats which are given to newborn babies, knitted 10 of the sleeves which were collected a couple of weeks ago by local midwife, Jordan Barclay, who has delivered them to the maternity hospital in Dundee.

The residents are looking forward to hearing if the sleeves have been helpful and if the hospital would like more.