Barbara Windsor opens new wing of Southmead's special care baby unit
Wednesday, 22 September 2010
Barbara Windsor MBE visited Southmead Hospital to open the new wing of the special care baby unit and meet with staff and parents.
he new extension to Southmead Hospital's Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) has been funded in part by over £200,000 in donations.
It was officially opened on Tuesday September 21 by legendary star Barbara Windsor MBE.
The unit includes two new baby care rooms for up to 16 infants along with a suite of new family rooms, allowing parents to stay overnight, or have a quiet place to be with their baby.
The extension to the unit has been completed thanks to more than £220,000 in donations from the general public and an investment by the North Bristol NHS trust.
It follows the successful 'Tiny lives' fundraising campaign at the hospital which raised over £1million for the unit in 2007.
Barbara, who is appearing in pantomime at the Bristol Hippodrome from December 11, met with staff and parents to learn about the work of the unit.
North Bristol NHS Trust Chief Executive Ruth Brunt said: "It has been fantastic to welcome Barbara to open the newly extended NICU.
"Thanks to donations from local people and an investment by the Trust, we are able to provide even greater levels of care to our special care babies.
"We now have all of our NICU team under one roof, new offices for our staff and the family rooms will provide mums, dads and babies with even greater privacy."
Barbara said: "I am so thrilled to be able to open the new wing of the special care baby unit at Southmead hospital.
"I know that many mums, dads and babies will really benefit from these new rooms.
"This is a time in their lives when they need all the help they can get and these facilities will make a big difference."
Trevor Reid, Head of Fundraising for North Bristol NHS Trust, said: "We are so grateful for all the donations we receive and this new wing would not have been possible without local support.
"We are still raising funds for the unit and anyone wishing to make a donation can send a cheque for 'Southmead NICU' to the Fundraising office, Christopher Hancock building, Southmead hospital, Bristol, BS10 5NB."