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New Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Opens

New Neonatal Unit
One of the areas within the new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

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 Id 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. Its fantastic to see so many local people and businesses support their local community. Without these donations and support, we wouldnt 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, theyve 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.