A key element of supporting families through the extremely stressful experience of having a baby in the Neonatal Unit, is having adequate facilities. We are committed to raising a total of £300,000 to improve and expand the existing facilities to help ease the burden on families.
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Our son was delivered at 33 weeks and 6 days, but needed help with his breathing and was taken straight to high dependency. As he improved, I moved into transitional care, sleeping in a family room with Fredrik in a cot beside me; with nurses nearby for support and help there when I needed it.
Our daughter was born in 2010 at 23 weeks and 6 days gestation, weighing a teeny 655g. She finally came home after 136 days. She has inspired us all with her stubborness, and humour. We can never thank everyone at Simpsons Neonatal Unit enough for everything they done to help save our precious girl.
What a fantastic experience that SSCB is offering to medical and nursing staff not only to promote the fantastic work we are doing in our unit, but also to learn from international colleagues about progress that they are making.
Existing facilities for parents, whose babies may be in the Neonatal Unit for any time from a few days up to several months, are extremely poor - lack of privacy in waiting areas; no secure storage for personal belongings; inadequate play space for siblings; and no facilities to make tea/coffee or prepare food, forcing parents to leave the Unit and their babies. Parental wellbeing is equally important to the care each babyreceived, and having adequate facilities is vital to this.
Through an extensive programm of refurbishment which will provide much needed family facilities, including: a more private family space, with kitchen facilities; a dedicated play area for siblings; and improved overnight accommodation for parents who need to stay close to their babies. We believe that this will help support families through a very difficult time in their lives, and enhance the working environment of staff, enabling them to focus on giving the best possible care to the babies.
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