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World Prematurity Day event a roaring success

19 Nov 2021 12:51:54
World Prematurity Day Big Apple event

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. 

Victoria Hazeldine, 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 all. 

“Watching 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 page and website.