Hol­i­day firm helps city’s new born

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

PRE­MA­TURE and sick ba­bies born at Peter­bor­ough City Hospi­tal will ben­e­fit from fund­ing for two life-sav­ing pieces of equip­ment.

Travel gi­ant Thomas Cook, which has its head­quar­ters in Bret­ton, Peter­bor­ough, has helped buy the equip­ment for the Neona­tal In­ten­sive Care Unit (NICU) at Peter­bor­ough City Hospi­tal.

The two new Gi­raffe in­cu­ba­tors and a state-of-the-art cool­ing cot are for ba­bies born too early and/ or in a very poorly con­di­tion.

Con­sul­tant Pae­di­a­tri­cian Dr Tim Jones said: “The Gi­raffe cots will help pro­vide cru­cial ther­mal and de­vel­op­men­tal care to neonates.

“Pre­ma­ture ba­bies can lose body heat rapidly as they don’t have the stored body fat of a full­term in­fant and they can’t gen- er­ate enough heat to coun­ter­act what’s lost through the sur­face of their bod­ies. If body tem­per­a­ture dips too low, hy­pother­mia can set in.

Jac­qui Rut­ter­ford, the unit’s lead nurse, said: “We are im­mensely proud of the fa­cil­i­ties we can pro­vide neonates at the City Hospi­tal. This do­na­tion will make a real dif­fer­ence to the treat­ment we pro­vide.”

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