Saving Tiny Lives
The New Special Care Baby Unit Appeal
Who is this Appeal for?
This appeal is to provide specialist equipment and family friendly facilities for those who need the new Special Care Baby Unit. Frimley Park Hospital’s maternity service has an excellent reputation and the highest possible safety rating from the group that underwrite maternity services in the NHS. It was also rated as the best performing hospital in London and the South East in the most recent maternity review.
We want to do everything we can to support babies who are born here and wish to take this opportunity to turn our new neonatal unit into a centre of excellence for the sickest and most vulnerable newborn infants. At the same time we want to deliver a high quality family centred service and help the babies’ parents to care for their little ones in those vital first few days and weeks. In order to support the care we offer these babies we want to ensure we have cutting edge technology available so we can detect if there are any abnormalities in the brains, hearts or kidneys of the babies without needing to transfer them to a larger hospital.
Why do we need your help?
Year on year, the number of babies born at Frimley is increasing. If the current rate of increase in births continues there will be 6,000 babies born at Frimley each year by 2013. Over time this has meant that the Special Care Baby Unit has outgrown its current premises and will be moving into a much larger space adjacent to the Maternity Unit during 2012. The new SCBU will offer a welcoming and friendly environment along with comfortable accommodation for the parents of very ill babies. What the charitable fund will be providing is over and above that provided by the NHS and so we are appealing to the local community to help us.
What are we fundraising for?
A Cerebral Function Monitor £15,000.00
This detects brain activity and can pick up if a baby is having silent seizures that are not physically visible. Obviously this helps to determine the best course of treatment and helps to prevent or reduce the risk of brain damage
An Ultra sound echo machine £55,000.00
This machine allows the clinicians to see if a baby has had a brain haemorrhage, which is a complication for some premature infants. The machine can also allow them to examine the baby’s kidneys and can be used to see if a baby has a heart defect. We now have a consultant with the correct skills and knowledge to interpret the images from this machine so babies need not be transferred to other hospitals for these investigations.
Three more High Dependency Cots £20,000.00 each
These cots provide the best environment for infants who require complex care during the early stages of their life.
Three more Optiflow machines £2,000.00 each
These machines are used to assist babies with breathing difficulties.
Fixtures and Fittings for the family rooms £15,000.00
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