Cheque helps buy equipment for neonatal intensive care unit

NICU cheque presentation
Cheque helps buy equipment for neonatal intensive care unit
10 July 2014

Babies born and in need of total body cooling treatment will benefit from specialist new equipment, helped by a donation of £4,200.

The cheque was presented to the staff on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at The Royal Oldham Hospital at midday on Friday 27th June 2014, by Stephanie Brown, from Oldham.

Stephanie has firsthand experience of what it is like to have a newborn relative in need of specialist care. Her nephew, Cooper Harris, required specialist care on the NICU after being born with birth asphyxia.

The much needed money will be used to help purchase equipment including a dedicated suction unit, monitoring system, oxygen blender and ventilation equipment. This will be used when transferring babies requiring total body cooling from the maternity ward/theatre to the NICU at The Royal Oldham Hospital.

The majority of the money was raised by Stephanie through sponsorship and hosting fun quiz nights and curry evenings. Stephanie says she will continue to raise money for as long as possible and her personal target is to raise £10,000. Her current total is £6,039.

Fundraiser Stephanie Brown said:

“My family, particularly my sister Samantha and her husband David Harris, have been absolutely overwhelmed by the support and generosity of our friends, family and colleagues. I do want to highlight that I have not raised this money alone, I have only played a part in a team of people raising this money. There’s the people helping to organise events with me such as Louise Taylor, Paul Duce and John Payne who ran the Oldham Half Marathon in October, and of course the people who have donated the money. I would also like to say a big thank you to all the staff on NICU for saving my nephew Cooper’s life.”

Lynn Bowe, unit manager/intensive care matron at The Royal Oldham Hospital said:

“The equipment we are buying will help to safely take the baby from delivery to the neonatal intensive care unit in a dedicated incubator. This will mean that the baby goes into the cool incubator immediately following birth and stays in there. This means that in effect, the cooling process can commence slightly earlier, which is a great benefit to the baby.”

“The system currently used means that the baby has to be transferred into another specialist cool incubator on arrival at the NICU.”