Parents given space so they can be with their premature babies
After over three years of fundraising, the time has come where parents of babies born early can stay in the unit to be close to their newborn babies.
In 2010, neonatal staff at Princess Anne Hospital came up with an idea to improve the parental accommodation for those parents and families with children in the neonatal unit.
It is often a worrying time for new mothers to be away from their babies when they need some time to themselves and all important sleep. These two family rooms, updated lounge and shower facilities are just what Princess Anne Hospital needed to help improve the experience of those needing to be with their babies.
A total £180,000 was needed to fund the renovation. Before, the area available was very small and so some walls have been knocked down and additional plumbing put in to make the space usable for the needs to our parents. A grand total of £120,000 was fundraised, with the majority of this being raised through supporters and staff member climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
Southampton Hospital Charity want to thank everyone for their kind donations and for the support the unit has received. A plaque has been put up in the lounge area which is dedicated to all those involved in the journey to improve the facilities for parents and families.
The unit was officially opened on Saturday 1 March by the Mayor of Southampton and Fiona Dalton, Chief Executive of the trust.