“The charity attached to the unit helps families above and beyond what is expected of an ordinary NHS unit − because of them we were able to function as a family unit and were able to spend as much time with our son as was humanly possible. They do this for families day in, day out. They have thought about what happens to the families as well as simply employing the medical skills necessary to look after these babies born too soon and too sick.”
− Emma , mother of Harrison
The Winnicott Foundation supports the service provided by the NHS and its skilled staff by providing additional funds for equipment, materials and training and for family support to help to improve care for premature and sick babies and their families.
Purchasing new and up-to-date equipment which, when used by skilled staff, can provide better information, improved comfort for babies, new treatments and help staff to better support babies. The Winnicott Foundation has bought ventilators, high- tech incubators, gentler forms of breathing support, eye examination equipment, cooling equipment, and brain monitors.
Supporting the practice of developmental care, which can help to reduce the difficulties faced by prematurely born children throughout their childhood, the Winnicott Foundation purchases materials to help reduce stress, noise and light and to support the practice of family-centred care. It also funds staff training, cot and incubator covers to reduce noise and light, special small, easily accessible clothing to keep babies warm and comfortable, gel pillows to support very soft skulls, comfortable reclining chairs by every cot, and items to assist skin to skin cuddles/kangaroo care (link to support for parents/skin to skin booklet and UK NIDCAP Centre/skin to skin booklet).
Supporting families so that they can spend as much time as possible with their baby promotes bonding and can help babies to get better more quickly and go home sooner. The Winnicott Foundation funds travel costs and hotel accommodation for families who live a long way from the neonatal unit or are experiencing financial difficulties with the cost of daily travel to the hospital. The charity refurbished the parent bedrooms and kitchen/sitting room at St Mary’s, providing a TV and DVD player, a computer with internet access, books and toys for siblings. The charity is also involved in the weekly parent support group at St Mary’s and provides funds both for external speakers at the monthly baby group at St Mary’s and for the weekly post-discharge baby massage and social group at St Mary’s, which all families from Queen Charlotte’s neonatal unit and the Winnicott Baby Unit are welcome to attend. Additionally, the Winnicott Foundation provides a hardship fund and funds some bereavement support.
The Winnicott Foundation supports mothers who are expressing milk and breastfeeding their babies by providing hand breast pumps to use at home, sterilising equipment for use in the neonatal unit, and training, information and materials to support staff in helping mothers to breastfeed.
Can you donate £5 a month to support the Winnicott Foundation? Regular donations allow us to meet immediate needs of families, babies and staff in the unit. http://www.winnicott.org.uk/donation
What we need funds for now…
The Winnicott Foundation is grateful for all donations which help us to provide equipment, training, services and support to improve care for premature and sick babies. Donations that can be used where the current need is greatest help us to manage funds more easily, but if you would like to support a particular project, or to discuss funding an item of equipment, please contact Sheena Mason at email@example.com for more information.
Here are some of the areas where we have current or ongoing needs;
New family accommodation at St Mary's
We are expanding the neonatal unit at St Mary's to care for more premature and sick babies and need to raise £120,000 to create six new parent bedrooms so parents can stay close to their babies whilst they are being cared for in the neonatal. If ytou would like to make a donation towards this project please visit https://www.justgiving.com/Winnicott-accommodation/
We have recently created a specialist bereavement room at Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital – to allow families to spend a much precious time with their baby as they wish, in a comfortable, private room, supported by staff as required. We would now like to provide a similar room for families at St Mary's
To support this project please visit http://www.justgiving.com/sara-wan-bereavementrooms or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information
The needs for equipment on the neonatal units changes according to the current needs and other funds available. We have recently bought 4 sets of cooling equipment for the Winnicott Baby Unit and the neonatal unit at Queen Charlotte's Hospital costing £90,000.
There are some items of equipment that the neonatal service is currently looking at. If you are interested in supporting these, please contact us or speak to one of the neonatal consultants.
The Winnicott Foundation supports the training of staff in developmental care as well as purchasing materials and equipment to support this innovative practice.
Welcome cool bags are given to all new parents on the neonatal wards at St Mary's and Queen Charlotte's and include a toy for baby, a little book, pen, ice packs and information on the charity.
Travel and accommodation costs for families
Funding internet connection for families
Clothing and items of comfort for babies, such as gel pillowsand 'zaky' hands
The charity supplies a variety of books for families and for staff in the unit.
The Winnicott Foundation funds specialist neonatal training for staff and has published a wonderful book ' Baby's come early' which explains to siblings why their baby brother or sister is premature.