Having a baby in the Neonatal Unit can be a stressful and frightening time for any family and the stay can be a lengthy one. We are committed to enhancing and expanding the current limited family facilities to help ease the burden on families. The overall cost of the project will be around £300,000.
Current facilities for parents, whose babies may be in the Neonatal Unit for a few days up to several months, are inadequate - lack of privacy in waiting areas; outdated overnight accommodation; no secure storage; no tea/coffee making or cooking facilities, forcing parents to leave the Unit and loose valuable time with their babies; inadequate play space for siblings. Parental well-being is equally important to the care that each baby receives, and having adequate facilties is vital to this.
An extensive programme of refurbishment which will provide much needed family facilities, including a more private family space with kitchen facilities, play space for siblings, and better overnight accommodation for parents. This will enhance support for families during a very difficult time in their lives, allowing them to maximise time with their babies, and improve the working environment for staff, so that they can focus on giving the best possible care to babies in the Unit.