New rooms for mums on Saint Mary’s neo-natal intensive care unit thanks to fundraising efforts
Two new rooms designed to enhance the family experience for
parents of babies on the neo-natal intensive care unit at Saint
Mary's were unveiled today.
The neo-natal ward, a 58 cot facility for the poorliest
new-borns at the hospital, has recently undergone work to improve
the time spent on the unit for the families of the babies in the
A large part of the experience for new mothers when their babies
are in the intensive care unit is that feeding their babies can be
problematic, stressful and upsetting.
Thanks to donations from the family of Manchester's Clint Boon
and others, the new rooms have been decorated and comfortable
'expressing' chairs purchased, with the specific aim of making this
transition for parents a calmer, more productive experience, where
they can share their journey with other new parents who are having
a similar experience.
The rooms are decorated with stories of previous families on
NICU, some of whom have gone on to have more children at Saint
Mary's. It is hoped that their stories will provide comfort and
hope to other families.
These families attended the NICU unit to officially 'unveil' the
The Boon family said of the project:
"We are very excited to hear that the nursing rooms in Saint
Mary's NICU unit are now complete. We sat with the staff just a few
months ago and discussed the beautiful designs they'd produced for
"We know this will make a small but significant improvement to
the experience which mums (and dads) will have as they spend those
anxious days, weeks or months in the NICU.
"It's lovely to think too that these wonderful pictures on the
walls will be the first real colours our babies will see as they
sit with their mummies in those early days.
"Thanks again to everyone who has contributed to our fund over
the last two years and to the brilliant staff at Saint Mary's."
Neil and Kate Morland were amongst the parents who attended the
event. They said:
"Our son, Scott, was a patient on NICU for three weeks, during
this time he received excellent care and support, which always
ensured the best for his integrity and wellbeing. As parents we
wanted to do as much as we could for our baby and providing
expressed milk for him was important to us. Having a well-equipped
dedicated space to express milk made a huge difference to the time
we spent on NICU."
Kath Eaton, Matron on NICU who has led on the project said:
"Parents of the babies on our ward are understandably
distressed, especially those who are with us for several weeks and
"Anything we can do to make the experience that bit more
relaxing for them is something we strive to do.
"Having these beautiful new spaces for them to express their
milk, chat to other mums, and ultimately aim to be able to feed
their babies themselves before they go home, will hopefully make
this part of their NICU experience that bit easier."
Saint Mary's Hospital Charity is raising money to ensure
continued excellence in treatment, care and research at the
hospital - improving the lives of thousands of patients each year
across the North West and beyond.
The support of the Charity means that the hospital can provide
additional resources that make life easier for patients and their
families who use the hospital.
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About Saint Mary's Hospital Charity:
Saint Mary's Hospital Charity is part of the Central Manchester
University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Charity. Registered
charity number 1049274.
The other hospitals which make up Central Manchester University
Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Charity are:
Manchester University Dental Hospital Charity
Manchester Royal Eye Hospital Charity
Manchester Royal Infirmary Charity
Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity
Trafford Hospitals Charity