At the Royal United Hospital, 1 in 10 babies are born too small, too sick or too soon and therefore need additional care. The Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care (NICU) provides this to around 300 babies every year. These babies, who can weigh less than a bag of sugar and fit in the palm of your hand, need everything that modern technology can offer.
This very Centre was 50% funded by The Forever Friends Appeal, from charitable support as part of the NICU ‘space to grow’ Campaign and provides these premature babies with the best possible start in life!
Charitable donations continue provide state-of-the-art treatment and diagnostic equipment that helps staff deliver the best possible care to these fragile young lives. Examples of the types of equipment that are required by NICU are:
- Incubators – a special cot that keeps babies warm and can control the moisture level (humidity).
- Monitors – machines that might be used to keep track of a baby’s heart beat, breathing rate, blood pressure and temperature.
- Bili blankets – a portable phototherapy device for the treatment of neonatal jaundice.
If you would like to support NICU you can make a donation, take part in an event or find out many more ways to get involved. Whichever way you chose, you will be helping provide the best possible care for the hospitals tiniest babies.