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Builders bring home comforts to premature babies

12 Jul 2012 09:10:21

A team of caring construction workers have shown babies at Rotherham Hospital their cuddly side. 

A team of 22 workers from Willmott Dixon Partnerships Rotherham branch has transformed outdated spaces within the hospital’s special care baby unit (SCBU) to create three modern, bright and homely family rooms on behalf of Rotherham Hospital Charity. 

The work undertaken in the family rooms has now been given the official seal of approval by Willmott Dixon’s Group Chief Executive, Rick Willmott, who made a special trip to Rotherham to visit the project carried out by his team.  

Rick officially opened the Willmott Dixon Parents Suite and commented: “We’re delighted to have supported the hospital’s special care baby unit by providing a much needed renovation. We were invited by Councillor Mahroof Hussain to help support the hospital and we were only too delighted to lend a helping hand as part of our focus on community involvement and we are extending our support once again over the next year to the Trust’s Dr Ted’s Children’s Appeal. 

“Our staff have enjoyed carrying out the programme of works which will provide a lasting legacy to the people of Rotherham. It’s important that families of babies being cared for have an environment in which they feel comfortable and we hope that our work will go some way help them feel at home during a difficult time.“ 

SCBU provides support for babies who are born prematurely, full-term babies who are ill or who have complications after birth. SCBU also cares for babies who require intensive care, high dependency care and special care. All the staff work closely with families to support them throughout their time on the ward. Rotherham Hospital Charity, one of The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust’s (TRFT) charitable appeals, often supports SCBU by helping to provide equipment and facilities that the NHS can’t afford. 

Rooms, such as those revitalised by Willmott Dixon, are used by families for an overnight stay before SCBU babies are taken home. Nurses are on hand, should any problems arise, which helps families to ease into their new lives without incubators, tubes or medical intervention. 

Angela Griffiths, Ward Manager for the SCBU ward at Rotherham Hospital added: “It means so much to our families to have the support of the family rooms on SCBU. 

“The bedrooms help new parents to be near their babies. They give the parents confidence to provide their baby’s care before discharge. We can’t thank Willmott Dixon enough. It’s been a pleasure to work with the team and they have left behind a legacy that will be welcomed by parents and babies for years to come.” 

The rooms provide beds, kitchen facilities and include home finishes, such as soft furnishing – all of which help families to relax and have a quiet place to sit when needed. 

Tracy Williams, Charity Development Officer for the Trust, said: “The charity is always overwhelmed by the support received from the local community, including businesses working in the area, but the Willmott Dixon team has gone over and above our expectations by making the rooms so welcoming. We are delighted with the outcome!”  

Wilmott Dixon carry out a number of community projects throughout their areas of operation each year. Willmott Dixon Partnerships is working with Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council to deliver a repairs service to 12,000 council-owned properties in the areas of Wentworth South, Wentworth Valley, Rother Valley West and Rother Valley South. 


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