Partnership with New Life

In the UK over 80,000 babies every year are born premature or require medical attention.

Here at the Great Western Hospital our Special Care Baby Unit looks after 450 of those babies each year. They are either born prematurely, have difficulty being delivered or have additional concerns about their well-being following birth. The unit has both special care, high dependency and intensive care cots that cater for different levels of need.

We are delighted to be working with local charity New Life on the Incubator Appeal.  The charity raise money for local special care baby units increasing the chance of survival for many premature and seriously ill babies. Over the years New Life have supported the Great Western SCBU team with funds to purchase a state-of-the-art breast pump to help mums who have difficulty expressing milk, a CFM Monitor which is a machine that monitors babies brain waves and helps them decide if the baby needs cooling therapy that can reduce their risk of cerebral palsy by up to 50%’ and oxygen blenders which are resuscitation devices to support babies breathing when needed. 

Together with the hospital's own charity Brighter Futures, New Life are helping to raise the money needed to replace our 10 incubators.  The New Life team are hoping to raise enough money to purchase one of the new machines.