Generous gift to help NICU save more babies' lives

20.10.15 Categories: Supporter stories, How donations help, News from the hospital,

Our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is getting new life-saving specialist equipment thanks to vital support from The Lord Leonard and Lady Estelle Wolfson Foundation.

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An exciting expansion

The equipment will kit out a new two-cot isolation bay which is being added as part of NICU’s exciting expansion plans. The unit’s growth will mean NICU – which is very often completely full - will be able to care for 22 critically ill babies, a fantastic increase on its current number of 16.

The generous donation will help buy equipment such as monitors for checking vulnerable patients’ vital signs, a ventilator, respiratory and suction equipment specifically designed for tiny babies, a set of syringe and infusion pumps that are used for giving life-saving medication, and new incubators.

‘The monitors are specially adapted for our patients and ensure that the babies are being constantly observed with the assurance that any changes in their condition are immediately brought to the team’s notice,’ explains Alex Phillips, Matron in NICU. 

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‘Without donations such as these we’d find it difficult to buy the specialist equipment needed for providing the best care for very sick or preterm babies. This equipment is only used within NICU and we can’t source it from any other department within the Trust.’

As well as providing care to families in the local community, Evelina London is also a specialist referral centre for high-risk mothers across the South East region. NICU continues to experience growing demands for an increase in cot capacity, which thanks to this wonderful donation, can now be met to the highest of standards.

Saving babies like Maneet

One young patient who’s benefitted from NICU’s world-class expertise is two-year-old Maneet. Maneet was born three months premature, weighing just 1lb 1oz. He was transferred to Evelina London, where the next day he suffered a significant bleed to the brain, the first of many life-threatening challenges.

A number of other serious complications followed and Maneet became a long-term patient in NICU. Randeep and Sachpreet spent the next eight months at their son’s bedside, four of which he was in an incubator. This, along with all the kit named above, is what kept him breathing. Without this equipment and the round-the-clock care it enabled staff to give him, he would not have survived. 

Maneet was discharged exactly eight months from the day he was born. ‘We’re never going to let him forget where he’s come from; if it wasn’t for NICU and its staff he wouldn’t be here today,’ says Randeep.

The new cot bay will have a plaque installed in recognition of The Lord Leonard and Lady Estelle Wolfson Foundation’s generous gift – a gift which will help save the lives of tiny patients like Maneet.

‘Such a generous amount will be instrumental in helping the expansion succeed,’ says Alex. ‘The NICU team are so grateful for the donation and wish to send our thanks for all the help and support.’

Donations from our supporters, no matter how big or small, really do make such a difference. Find out more about the ways you can support Evelina London.

Above image: Maneet in an incubator during his time in NICU