Medway Maritime Hospital has opened a new high dependency unit for sick babies after successfully raising more than £100,000 with a fundraising appeal.
Work was carried out in early March to update and replace essential equipment and facilities in the Oliver Fisher neonatal unit.
There will be 36 cot spaces across 4 nurseries, intensive care, high dependency, special care and transitional care and they will look after more than 1,000 sick and premature babies a year.
Cllr Barry Kemp, Mayor of Medway, cut the ribbon to the new unit in the presence of staff and supporters of the Oliver Fisher Special Care Baby Trust (OFSCBT) which led the fundraising campaign.
Cllr Kemp said: “It is a huge privilege to be celebrating one of the real success stories of Medway. It is great to see the work of the dedicated staff that have such an impact on people’s lives.”
Dr Aung Soe, specialty lead for children and consultant neonatologist, said: “Before the work was carried out, we were unable to accommodate our full capacity within the HDU.”
“But now with new equipment and technology, we have a purpose-built, fully equipped, state of the art HDU. The money raised by the charity has allowed us to purchase up-to-date equipment and furnishing to provide the highest standard of care to the eight babies and their families.”
Chairman of the Medway NHS Foundation Trust, Shena Winning, said: “A huge thank you must go to the Oliver Fisher Special Care Baby Trust for raising the money for this refurbishment and supporting us in the development of a genuine, state-of-the-art special care baby unit.”
“The Oliver Fisher unit is a true exemplar in our organisation and I’d like to say thank you to all of the staff here for their commitment and hard work.”