Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity is delighted to announce the opening of the new Neonatal Intensive
Care Unit at Leighton Hospital, which officially opened on Monday,
September 22, 2014. Guests who attended the opening were given a tour of the Unit to see
the new facilities prior to opening to patients on Wednesday, September 24, 2014.
The new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at
Leighton Hospital was made possible due to the successful One in Eleven Appeal
launched by Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity in 2012, which raised £1.8 million.
Local supporters and donors who attended the
official opening included representatives from The Frank Hockenhull Trust,
Middlewich High School Community Choir, Wincanton Logistics, RedShift Radio and
Vale Royal Abbey Golf Club. They were joined by charity patrons, David Briggs
(The Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire) and Edward Timpson (MP for Crewe and
Nantwich), alongside members of staff from Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS
Foundation Trust (MCHFT).
Dennis Dunn MBE, MCHFT Chairman, comments “I’d
like to thank everybody who supported and donated to the One in Eleven appeal,
enabling us to construct one of the best neonatal facilities in the UK in just
two years. It’s fantastic to see so
many local people and businesses support their local community. Without these
donations and support, we wouldn’t
have achieved this."
The decision to create a new Unit was taken as
the existing one was too small for future demand. The new facility now has a
modern layout and feel, has more space and offers privacy and comfort for
families and parents who are going through the heartache of having their unwell
baby stay in hospital.
Laura Riddle, Charity Manager, comments “We are absolutely thrilled to announce the
opening of the new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Leighton Hospital, creating
a first class facility for babies, their families and our staff. We would like
to thank everybody who supported and donated to the One in Eleven Appeal, they’ve all played a wonderful part in funding this
new facility, which will provide privacy and comfort for families, parents and
babies in hospital”.
Approximately 3,000 babies are born at Mid
Cheshire Hospitals each year, with one in eleven of these needing additional
support, ranging from a couple of hours of special care to several weeks in an
intensive care unit.
To find out more visit www.mchcharity.org.