Around 500 babies are admitted to Watford’s neonatal intensive care unit each year, and charitable support helps ensure that these most tiny and vulnerable patients get the very best start in life.
In recent years, for example, kind donations have helped to pay for a:
- Paediatric ultrasound scanner (for babies who need to have their hearts scanned for a variety of reasons)
- Video laryngoscope (for newborns who have trouble breathing and need doctors to investigate their throat and larynx to diagnose the problem)
- BiliLux machine (for the treatment of neonatal jaundice)
Charitable funds have also helped to pay for:
- Kangaroo care chairs (like the one pictured here)
- Electronic breast pumps
- Pillows for breastfeeding.
The neonatal team has a ‘wish list‘ featuring examples of items which could make a big difference to the experience of babies and their families. The list includes, for example:
- Height adjustable stools to go alongside incubators, so parents can sit comfortably and watch over their newborns
- A large new, heavy duty but comfortable sofa in the parents’ room
- Baby changing tables, to provide a practical space for changing babies’ nappies
- Items for the snack trolley so parents, who understandably want to stay close to their babies, can grab something to eat quickly and easily to nourish themselves.
We look forward to hearing from you!
“The Neonatal Team has a strong commitment to providing the very best care for our patient and their families every day and your generous donations will help make our vision a reality.”Dr Sankara Narayanan, Neonatal service lead