On 18 September, Cllr Dolsie Clarke, Mayor of Runnymede, opened the newly refurbished parents’ accommodation of the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey. The refurbishment was completed by Richard Copperwheat, whose son Louise was born prematurely at Frimley Park Hospital before being transferred to St Peter’s NICU where he sadly passed away after six days of amazing care.
The parents’ accommodation at the NICU plays a very important part in the care of these babies and their families as their parents often spend many hours at the hospital whilst their little ones are being cared for. The rooms, bathroom and kitchen provide a place for them get something to eat or take a refreshing shower ready to for another day.
The use of the accommodation also helps with transition; after spending weeks or months in the unit taking their baby home can be a very daunting prospect for parents. If they are able to stay in the accommodation overnight with their baby, with all the facilities of NICU next door, it can increase confidence and ease the transition home.
Pictured above Mr. & Mrs. Copperwheat, Cllr Dolsie Clarke, Mayor of Runnymede and Sid Hurry, (Little Roo Neonatal Fund Coordinator)