Up to 100 parents
and children attended the Big Apple play centre in Rotherham to celebrate World
Prematurity Day with our team from the Rotherham NHS Foundations Trust’s Special
Care Baby Unit (SCBU).
There were purple
balloons, table covers and special gifts for children who attended the buzzing
play centre on Wednesday afternoon.
The area was filled
with children who had once been treated at SCBU and our staff were delighted to
see how big they all were and how they were thriving.
the Trust’s Deputy Chief Nurse, also attended to support the team.
Julia Wing, Nursery Nurse on
SCBU, said: “Getting
our amazing families back together to celebrate World Prematurity Day was
fantastic. The wait was absolutely worth it. Seeing how all the babies have
grown and getting the chance to catch up with everyone was such a treat for us
families who have shared these journeys either directly or just the experience
with other families is what this day is all about. Not all of our families are
Rotherham based as there are times when unfortunately their local hospital just
doesn’t have any space available and their journey begins at Rotherham SCBU, so
we had several families make the journey back to see us.
“Many families said
that they come back to see their SCBU family, and what a privilege this is for
us all who work here to be referred to like that. It’s a place that holds a special
place in all our hearts.”
On Wednesday, we
met some of the Trust’s tiniest patients on SCBU and highlighted their stories
on our social media sites and our website. You can read more about the
babies and their parents on the Trust’s Facebook