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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 hospitals care.

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 new spaces.

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 the decor.

"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."

NICU rooms open

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 sometimes months.

"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