Heartlands Hospital Charity is launching a new £150,000 appeal to seven brand new state-of-the-art incubators for the Neonatal Unit which will provide the very best care for the smallest patients at the hospital.
Each year, 11,000 babies are born at Heartlands Hospital and Good Hope Hospital, and over 800 of these babies will require the support of the Neonatal Unit. The unit provides care for newborn babies and offers a welcoming and friendly environment for parents and families in their time of need.
Some babies are born up to four months early, and can weigh as little as one pound. These tiny babies require intensive care and support and are cared for around the clock.
Heartlands Hospital Charity is proud to support the incredible work of the staff on the unit by providing the very best equipment possible, helping them to care for the vulnerable newborns on the unit.
The new incubators will include all of the equipment that the staff need to treat tiny babies, removing the stress of moving them from bed to bed in such a critical environment.
The incubators will allow much easier access to the baby for the nurses and mothers, without causing any heat loss. They will also be able to cool the baby, as some premature babies need specialist therapeutic hypothermia to reduce the likelihood of brain injury. Currently, babies who need this treatment have to be transferred to another hospital.
Watch Laura Hammond, Senior Ward Sister, explain how the new incubators will help the tiny babies who need them.
Bhavna Gokani, Head Nurse in the Paediatrics Department at Heartlands Hospital, said: "The new incubators would make a huge difference to the babies that we treat, their families, and the staff on the unit. This new equipment would make the Neonatal Unit a world-class facility, right here at Heartlands Hospital.
"The Trust provides over 20,000 day of neonatal care every year. This shows the huge number of lives that would be changed by this new equipment. Heartlands Hospital receives premature babies from across the region, from hospitals that do not have the facilities that we do.
"With your help, we will be able to provide the very best care for the tiny, vulnerable babies on the unit. These incubators will protect them from the outside world until they grow to a size that will allow them to survive and thrive."
You can help more tiny babies receive the best treatment at Heartlands Hospital by donating to help us fund these incubators. You could take part in an event, create your own event or donate by going to our JustGiving Appeal page.
If you would like to find out more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know if you do sign up to any events or create your own so we can get your free fundraising pack out to you!