Public donations buy four new incubators for Milton Keynes Hospital’s neonatal unit

New incubators at Milton Keynes Hospital:  Baby Jessica, one of the first patients in a new incubator.

New incubators at Milton Keynes Hospital: Baby Jessica, one of the first patients in a new incubator.

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Tiny patients have had a big donation at Milton Keynes Hospital, with the arrival of four new incubators thanks to the Milton Keynes Hospital Charity.

Every year the neonatal unit cares for around 350 babies – around 10 per cent of all newborns in Milton Keynes – who are born either too small, too soon or very ill. The children, who can weigh as little as 500 grams, need special equipment to keep them safe, warm and protected.

The four incubators cost £80,000, with all the money coming from fundraising by the local community, and they were delivered to the hospital’s neonatal unit this month.

Karen Rice, lead nurse on the neonatal unit, said: “It’s wonderful to have people supporting the hospital and its charity, which makes a huge difference to our tiny patients and families at the hospital.

“The incubators are already being used and when you see the huge difference this equipment makes to these babies’ lives, you can understand how vital they are. Thank you so much to everyone who has helped raise funds for our unit.”

Head of fundraising Vanessa Holmes said: “We’re so very grateful people are choosing to support Milton Keynes Hospital Charity –and are delighted that we can report back on how donations are being spent.

“The unit still needs new monitors and other items of equipment so we’re urging people to get in touch if they would like to fundraise for the unit –we’d love to hear from you.”

Any individuals or companies who would like to support the Milton Keynes Hospital Charity can contact head of fundraising Vanessa Holmes, on 01908 826690 or email fundraising@mkhospital.nhs.uk