TINY patients at Milton Keynes Hospital had a special delivery this month – funded by the Milton Keynes Hospital Charity.
Thanks to charitable fundraising, four new incubators costing more than £90,000 were delivered to the hospital’s neonatal unit in October – and are already being used by babies born too small, too soon or very ill.
Every year the unit cares for around 350 babies – around 10 per cent of all babies born in Milton Keynes – where some are born as early as 27 weeks or weighing as little as 500 grams. These babies need special equipment such as incubators, which keep them safe, warm and protected.
Lead nurse on the neonatal unit Karen Rice is delighted with the new equipment. She said: “It’s wonderful to have people supporting the hospital and its charity, which makes a huge difference to our tiny patients and families at the hospital.
“The incubators are already being used and, when you see what a difference these items of equipment make to these babies' lives, you can understand how vital they are. Thank you so much to everyone who has helped raise funds for our unit.”
Head of fundraising Vanessa Holmes said: “We’re so very grateful people are choosing to support Milton Keynes Hospital Charity –and are delighted that we can report back on how donations are being spent. The unit still needs new monitors and other items of equipment so we’re urging people to get in touch if they would like to fundraise for the unit –we’d love to hear from you!”