Southmead Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) provides intensive care, high dependency care, special care and transitional care for hundreds of babies each year.
As well as caring for babies who are born too soon or with health conditions in their first weeks of life, the team of staff support parents through what can be a very difficult journey.
Our NICU fund has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds to provide specialist equipment and support services thanks to the generosity of our fundraisers and supporters, many of whom have been parents of NICU babies themselves.
Southmead Hospital Charity has funded a new flat for parents of premature and poorly babies treated at Southmead Hospital to enable them to be closer to their children.
Southmead Hospital’s Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a regional specialist centre which means that babies born prematurely or with medical conditions from across the region are treated there.
It often means that parents are a long way from home and face many months travelling to and from hospital.
The newly-refurbished flat on Southmead Road has six en-suite bedrooms in total with four double rooms for parents of babies being cared for on the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit at Southmead Hospital. Two of the rooms are for on-call staff to stay in and there is a communal kitchen and living area with an outside courtyard space.
Southmead Hospital Charity is funding the annual rental and maintenance costs of the flat along with furnishings.
You can help us to continue to provide this vital service which helps to support parents through some tough times, making it easier for them to care for their babies and themselves.
New Biometric fingerprint Door Entry
Thanks to your donations we recently funded a new biometric fingerprint entry system that will allow parents easier access to the NICU to see their babies.
The NICU is the first in the south west region to introduce biometric technology.
Southmead Hospital Charity has funded the new £1,500 system thanks to donations from fundraisers and donors.
It gives parents quicker and easier access to NICU so that they can see their babies whenever they wish through a secure and robust entry system.
The system uses a scanner to capture a digital image of the finger prints of NICU parents, generating a biometric template.
When a parent places their finger on the entry scanner, the system recognises the fingerprint patterns from the stored template and allows access.
With your help we also funded new drug boxes to so that parents of babies can prepare for their discharge home.
The pin-controlled secure boxes are wall-mounted next to each baby’s cot which allows medicines to be safely stored so parents can access the medication to learn how to administer the drugs themselves to their babies.
Two weeks before discharge parents will be shown how to use the medications that their baby needs and will be expected to prepare and administer them so that they are used to doing this unaided before they go home.
Books for Babies
We recently funded a new scheme that see parents of babies in NICU each receiving a new book to encourage them to read to their child through their incubators to help their development and ease stress.
It encourages parents to read to their babies - a powerful way to bond that also aids babies development and eases their stress.
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