The mother of a baby born prematurely at the RUH has said a huge thank you for the wonderful care and treatment she received at the hospital’s neo-natal unit.
Kate Leonard’s baby son Joseph was born seven weeks early on June 24, weighing just 2lbs 13oz.
Kate said: “It is such an amazing place. I cannot thank the staff enough, and it is a lovely environment.
NICU and maternity services at the RUH generally has recently been awarded globally-recognised baby-friendly status by Unicef.
“When it came near the time to bring him home, we were allowed to stay in a flat at the unit with Joseph, so that we could be nearby if there were any difficulties.
“Then suddenly you are alone with this tiny baby and it can be very nerve-wracking.”
“I went to a routine appointment at 31 weeks. I had no symptoms, and my health visitor picked it up straightaway.
Joseph’s story, and many others like him, offers encouragement to other families of premature babies.
The Unicef award is in recognition of the care and support given to families of new-born babies in the area, and for work in supporting breastfeeding.