Huge thanks to hos­pi­tal team

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE -

“Thank you for sav­ing our chil­dren’s lives.”

That was the mes­sage from par­ents whose pre­ma­ture and ill ba­bies were saved by staff at Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal, Wishaw.

Mums and dads of more than 60 pre­ma­ture ba­bies from across La­nark­shire, who were born dur­ing 2017 and spent time in the neona­tal unit at the hos­pi­tal, gath­ered to­gether at the an­nual Christ­mas party.

Steph Shill­i­day’s daugh­ter So­phie spent two-and-ahalf months in the neona­tal unit in 2017.

Steph, of Ne­warthill, said:“i’d just like to say a huge big thank you to all the staff who took time to help us to get through a re­ally dif­fi­cult time, we re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate it.”

The an­nual party, held at the Ron­ald Miller suite in the hos­pi­tal, is a cel­e­bra­tion for all the ba­bies and their fam­i­lies who spent ex­tended pe­ri­ods of time in the neona­tal unit over the pre­vi­ous year.

The event is or­gan­ised by neona­tal staff and has be­come a sea­sonal tra­di­tion.

Lyn Clyde, chief mid­wife and op­er­a­tional man­ager, said:“the Christ­mas re­union is a very pop­u­lar event in our cal­en­dar of sup­port for fam­i­lies. It brings to­gether fam­i­lies whose chil­dren spent time in the neona­tal unit their early crit­i­cal days, weeks and months of be­ing a pre­ma­ture or ill new­born baby.

“It is also a chance to meet up with many of the staff from the hos­pi­tal who cared for the ba­bies when they were at their small­est and most vul­ner­a­ble. All the ba­bies and their sib­lings were very ex­cited to meet our guest of hon­our, Santa, who handed out some presents.”

Praise Abbie Shill­i­day, Steph Shill­i­day with daugh­ter So­phie (cen­tre) and Leigh-ann John­stone (right) breast feed­ing sup­port ser­vice as­sis­tant in the neona­tal unit at Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal Wishaw

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