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Incubator Generously Donated to Neonatal Unit

Newsdate: 21 June 2016Incubator Donation Team Photo

WWL recently received a very generous donation of a new incubator for our Neonatal Unit, at Wigan Infirmary, on Wednesday 8 June.

The donation was made by Medequip4kids, a Manchester-based charity specialising in fundraising for medical equipment in children’s health. They raised the money for the much-needed new equipment from two charity Snowballs, corporate support from Vinci Construction and gaining much needed support from the fantastic community of Wigan.

This new equipment will be hugely valuable to the Trust, as WWL had asked the organisation for their help in supplying some new equipment for our unit, to help us to treat the smallest and sickest babies. The incubator that Medequip4kids helped to provide will enable us to do this. 

It has additional benefits when treating small and sick babies. The new incubator allows for easier access for medical staff when treating babies that need a lot of intervention. It is especially useful for treating babies requiring Therapeutic Hypothermia, or cooling. This is vitally important because when a baby is deprived of oxygen at birth, cooling the baby down for up to 72 hours after birth can allow the brain a chance to recover, and can reduce the severity of life-long brain damage.

The new incubator will also allow greater access for parents, so they can be more involved in the day to day care of their baby before discharge. This will help the bonding process, which is often disrupted during long neo natal treatment.

Sarah Suthers, Appeals Fundraiser at MedEquip4Kids, was delighted to present the equipment, saying: ‘We’d like to say a very special thank you to Vinci Construction and the community support of Wigan for their amazing support. Children deserve the best healthcare and it’s crucial that all the right equipment and facilities are on hand to give them the best possible chance of a healthy future.”

Katrina from Vinci Construction said, “We have always been proud sponsors of MedEquip4Kids and the fantastic work they do to support tiny babies and their families through very difficult times”

This donation is the latest in long list of charitable offerings that Medequip4kids have made to Royal Albert Edward infirmary. They are now appealing for supporters to help raise money for new chair beds for the Rainbow Ward and a Voluson Scanner for the maternity ward. To support this appeal please contact Sarah on 0161 798 1600 or visit their website www.medequip4kids.org.uk

The organisation was set up in 1985 by a couple, after their daughter became seriously ill with meningitis and was treated at Booth Hall Children’s Hospital in Manchester, where she made a full recovery.

At the time, the hospital was unable to afford some vital items of equipment, so to show their gratitude to the hospital that saved their daughter’s life, the couple began fundraising for the equipment. Since then, MedEquip4Kids has raised over £20 million to care for around 128,000 children a year at hospitals across Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cumbria, Lancashire, Yorkshire and beyond.

WWL Senior Nurse/Unit Co-Ordinator, Neonatal Unit, Julie Armstrong, was delighted with the donation. She said, “On behalf of WWL, I would like to give tremendous thanks to Medequip4kids for their outstanding donation to the hospital. Providing this new incubator for our Neonatal Unit has involved a lot of dedicated work on their part with some fabulous fundraising efforts. The new equipment will be of huge benefit to our Unit and, most importantly, to babies and their families. Once again, they have made an invaluable contribution to our hospital and we are incredibly grateful for their continued support.”