Neonatal Unit staff grateful for generous donations


Staff on the Neonatal Unit at Heartlands Hospital have received a boost thanks to a special makeup and skincare master class that they received from make-up artist Caroline Barnes and a generous donation of products from Estée Lauder.

Caroline, who is an ambassador for Max Factor, set up the NHS Morale Boost Project during lockdown. This amazing project gave NHS staff members the chance to take part in a one-on-one consultations, via Zoom, with some of the leading skincare and makeup professionals in the UK.

Imogen Storey, Consultant on the Neonatal Unit at Heartlands Hospital, arranged for Caroline to hold a special masterclass with 14 members of staff from the Unit, with each of them taking part in the virtual consultation from home.

Imogen said: “The consultation was a  morale boost for everyone. We had a multi-disciplinary team taking part, medical students, doctors, nursing staff,  and matrons all joining in. We spent an evening together discussing and demonstrating skincare and makeup which was an hour and a half of escapism from our working world.”

The team on the unit were also very grateful to receive a range of donations from Estée Lauder of Clinique and Jo Malone products, which have been distributed to all staff across the unit in recognition of their hard work and dedication in recent months.

Speaking of the impact that the pandemic has had on the unit Imogen said: “It has been a difficult time for our staff on the ward, both at work and at home, fearful of bringing COVID-19 home to our families, or bringing it from the community into the hospital and to our vulnerable patients. We have made significant changes to the way we work on the unit, with restricted visiting times and the use of higher level PPE.

“This has had a psychological impact on the team, so it was wonderful to be able to enjoy the consultation with Caroline as it helped us to relax and to enjoy some time together, virtually, away from the unit.

“We have all really appreciated the beautiful products that were kindly donated by Estée Lauder, it has been lovely to see the team’s response to this donation and we have all enjoyed feeling pampered. We are so grateful for all of the acts of kindness towards the NHS in recent months.”

University Hospitals Birmingham Charity has been supporting the 22,000 members of staff across throughout the pandemic through the NHS Superheroes appeal.

You can make a donation in support of the appeal here.

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