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LO­CAL moth­ers-to-be can now have their ba­bies at an im­proved fa­cil­ity close to home after Ar­madale Hospital’s new neona­tal unit was of­fi­cially opened this month.

The new $450,000 unit is equipped to help moth­ers ex­pe­ri­enc­ing low to mod­er­ate-risk preg­nan­cies and can pro­vide safe care for ba­bies born as early as 34 weeks with min­i­mal com­pli­ca­tions.

The unit will have a pae­di­a­tri­cian on call around the clock, ap­noea mon­i­tor­ing, low-level oxy­gen ther­apy and nasal/oral gas­tric feed­ing, as well as a raft of new equip­ment.

While the unit was built with room for eight cots, only four will be op­er­a­tional to be­gin with. The other four can be used if de­mand in­creases.

Health Min­is­ter Roger Cook said the new neona­tal unit was part of Ar­madale Hospital’s on­go­ing up­grade.

“This new unit means more lo­cal mums can have their ba­bies closer to their home and fewer ba­bies will need to be trans­ferred to other hos­pi­tals,” he said.

“It im­proves the qual­ity of care of­fered to the res­i­dents of Perth’s south­east­ern sub­urbs.”

Ar­madale MLA Tony Buti said the unit should be­come a well-used re­source.

“Each year more than 2000 ba­bies are born in the ma­ter­nity unit at Ar­madale Hospital, which has served the lo­cal com­mu­nity since 1928. The new and en­hanced neona­tal unit is a great ad­di­tion,” he said.­mu­ni­ d485802 Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Reg­is­tered nurse/mid­wife An­gela Le­vitt, nurse unit man­ager Kate O’Reilly-Bradley and reg­is­tered nurse/mid­wife Bec Mun­jee with twins Lily-Rae and Phoenix Mid­dle­ton-Brown.

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