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Saint Mary’s celebrates a record first year!

One year since moving into their brand new hospital, Saint Mary’s Hospital is celebrating an incredible first year. Since the first patient move on Monday 13th July last year, Saint Mary’s have welcomed nearly 6,000 babies into the world! They have also cared for 767 babies on their Newborn Intensive care Unit and carried out almost 90,000 out-patient appointments. On Tuesday (13th July), the Newborn Intensive Care Unit, which cares for babies from across the region, celebrated their first year by welcoming back the first baby to be was transferred to the new unit on 13th July last year. Adam Burdon, from Oldham, was born four weeks premature and spent eight weeks on the unit before being allowed home last August. Adam was born with Gastroschisis, a condition where some of the bowel develops outside of the abdomen, and after undergoing several operations he is now fully recovered and celebrated his first birthday on 3rd June. Adam visited the unit on Tuesday with his parents to thank the staff for their hard work and help them to celebrate the first year in their new surroundings. Karen Connolly, Director of Saint Mary’s said: “Celebrating our first year in the new Saint Mary’s Hospital has allowed us to reflect on the fantastic achievements we have had in the past 12 months. The new building has allowed us to continue delivering first class care in facilities that our patients and staff deserve. I would like to personally thank everyone who has made our first year such a success and look forward to many more years continuing to care for the women, babies and families of Greater Manchester and beyond.” As part of the celebrations, the hospital held an education week from 5th July to showcase their achievements over the last 12 months and the work currently going on in the hospital to further improve the experience of patients and their families. The hospital atrium was decorated with posters and interactive displays to inform patients and staff of how the hospital has changed over time but also of the excellent work being undertaken at present. Staff chatted to patients and visitors and were keen to find out what they thought about the new hospital and the care they have received; and how we can make any further improvements. Professor Donnai, Clinical Head of Saint Mary’s said: Professor Donnai, Clinical Head of Saint Mary’s said: “Staff and patients have said there has been a great atmosphere in the hospital this week with all the displays and decorations to celebrate our first year and the event has been a huge success. A big thank you to everyone who participated.”