One of the main requests by the nurses was a few essentials to be given to parents upon their baby’s arrival on the unit. The packs include a pack of nappies; a pack of bibs in pink/blue; a fleece blanket in pink/blue; some cotton wool balls, a scented heart and a diary for parents to complete.
Not only do these packs provide the essentials, but the nurses also say it is a positive thing to be able to give something to families to welcome them onto the unit.
The charity provides emergency funds, where necessary, for those who are in need due to their baby being on the unit.
Kings Mill Farm Vouchers
The charity provides a £15 meal voucher for families who have been on the unit for a period of time. This helps them just to have a break from the close confines of the unit and to have a bit of time for themselves.
The charity provides bus tokens to families that are struggling with transport to the hospital.
A selection of relevant books has been purchased by the charity and placed into the Parent Room on the neonatal unit.
These range from specific books about being a parent to a baby on a neonatal unit, to celebrities who have written about their pregnancies and experiences.
Games/Activities for siblings
The charity has provided a selection of games and activities to be used by older siblings who may be visiting the unit. We also now provide Sibling Bags at the side of cots to keep younger siblings entertained!
Spice of Life Vouchers
We now have a link with the hospital restaurant and are able to offer vouchers to parents to obtain a meal on site.
The charity funds places on training courses / conferences that the NHS is unable to fund.
Amongst other things, the charity has funded places on the national neonatal conference; several staff have attended an event run by the local Coroner in relation to record keeping and we have part funded the dissertation module of a degree for one of the nurses.
The charity has updated the reference books for the staff on the unit and are paying for a subscription to a relevant journal to ensure that staff are up to date with the latest issues in neonatal care. We also provide each member of nursing staff with a Neonatology reference book.
Following the success of supporting the staff in their research of Kangaroo care. We funded a 6 month trial of Donor Breast Milk. This was so successful that the hospital trust has continued to fund the use of Donor Breast Milk upon completion of the trial and the uptake from parents has been significant. We are currently exploring the possibility of funding some counselling for parents on the unit in the form of a drop-in service.