Furness General Hospital
Barrow in Furness,
The Bay Hospitals Charity – supporting life’s journey together.
The Bay Hospital Charity has launched the Bayb’s Maternity Appeal aiming to raise £250,000 to fund additional equipment, furnishings and birthing aids helping mums give their babies the best possible start in life in the new maternity unit at Furness general Hospital.
1100 babies are born at Furness General each year, and it’s vital that local families are offered the very best in mother and new born care.
Bringing new life into the world, and being able to so with the very best equipment, care and support is something that should be available to all mums-to-be; which is why the cutting edge new maternity unit that’s currently under construction at Furness General Hospital is such an exciting development. Set to open in January 2018, it will be one of the best equipped in the UK, consisting of 14 en-suite rooms, 2 additional theatres and a 4 cot special baby unit.
£11m has been set aside by the NHS to build the new maternity unit. This investment is wonderful news, but there is little money left for those extra items, equipment and furnishings to make the unit a ‘home from home’ for mums-to-be and their partners.
The Bayb’s Maternity Appeal needs support to fund items that the NHS cannot, such as:
The appeal aims to fund 3 additional birthing pools, giving those parents who want a water birth the chance to do so, as well as birthing aids to help both mother and baby during the birthing process.
Being able to relax in a calm, soothing environment is vital for expectant mums and babies. Having T.V’s, docking stations and contemporary décor will help create a home from home for mums – to – be. Having beds for mums and birthing partners is a massive benefit and will help anxious parents on the run up to giving birth.
Special Baby Care Unit
1 in 3 babies in the UK are born too soon to go home straight away, and need that extra special care and attention. With your support the new baby care unit can offer babies all the support and care they need whilst offering parents the chance to be by their baby’s side at all times.
There are many ways to support the charity and help them reach their £250,000 target. There are fundraisers taking place throughout the year organised by businesses and community groups. You could encourage schools and organisations to get involved too. It could be through a sponsored walk, bike ride, quiz night, or a sponsored parachute jump! There’s no limit to how you can help.