Travel firm’s £113,000 hos­pi­tal ba­bies boost

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update - By BEN TRUSLOVE ben.truslove@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ @Et­ben­truslove

LIFE sav­ing equip­ment for pre­ma­ture and sick ba­bies in Peter­bor­ough has been funded by a gen­er­ous do­na­tion.

Thomas Cook Chil­dren’s Char­ity handed over more than £113,000 to Peter­bor­ough and Stam­ford Hos­pi­tals NHS Foun­da­tion Trust to buy equip­ment for the Neona­tal In­ten­sive Care Unit (NICU).

Two Giraffe in­cu­ba­tors and a state-of-the-art cool­ing cot for early-born ba­bies have been bought with the money, as well as a top- of-the-range ul­tra-sound scan­ner for young­sters. The scan­ner is so good only a hand­ful of hos­pi­tals in the coun­try have one.

The new equip­ment caused a stir in the depart­ment when it ar­rived, with med­i­cal staff ex­cited at the prospects it will of­fer.

Jac­qui Rut­ter­ford, lead nurse for NICU, said: “We are im­mensely proud of the fa­cil­i­ties we can pro­vide for new born ba­bies at the City Hos­pi­tal.

“This do­na­tion will make a real dif­fer­ence to the treat­ment we pro­vide to the very poorly ba­bies we care for in the unit. We would like to say a huge thank you to Thomas Cook Chil­dren’s Char­ity for its gen­eros­ity.”

The Giraffe in­cu­ba­tors keep pre- ma­ture ba­bies warm be­cause they lose heat quickly be­cause of a lack of fat. Doc­tors will also be able to treat new­borns in­side with­out open­ing the in­cu­ba­tor.

The cool­ing cot is a spe­cial­ist tool used to cool ba­bies who have suf­fered oxy­gen star­va­tion, or birth as­phyxia, and is a new ser­vice of­fered by the hos­pi­tal.

Pete Con­stanti, chair­man of the char­ity, said: “We’re es­pe­cially pleased to be able to help pro­vide such im­por­tant equip­ment to help staff at the NICU as they con­tinue their fan­tas­tic work pro­vid­ing care to ba­bies born at the hos­pi­tal.”

The Bret­ton-based char­ity raises money with do­na­tions from Thomas Cook staff and cus­tomers.

YOUNG­STERS had the chance to study a pro­fes­sional artist at work for sev­eral days at their city school.

Lo­cal artist Colin Slater spent a week paint­ing a mu­ral called Cham­pi­ons Of Hu­man­ity at Ful­bridge Pri­mary School, in Kee­ton Road.

Head­teacher Iain Ersk­ine said: “The idea was that the chil­dren could see a pro­fes­sional artist at work and see the mu­ral de­velop day by day.

“The fa­mous peo­ple are men and women from all over the world who have changed our world for the bet­ter.

“It was a huge suc­cess and has in­spired the chil­dren to find out about the peo­ple in it as well as en­cour­ag­ing their in­ter­est in art.” in­spi­ra­tion: Pro­fes­sional lo­cal artist Colin Slater show­ing pupils his Cham­pi­ons Of Hu­man­ity mu­ral at Ful­bridge Pri­mary School..

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