Tiny Toes appeal
Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity’s Tiny Toes appeal aims to raise £150,000 to create a home form home for our most vulnerable patients and their families.
Around 10% of babies are born prematurely, and here in Rotherham we care for more than 400 premature and poorly babies each year.
The average pregnancy lasts around 40 weeks, but the Neonatal Unit (also known as the Special Care Baby Unit) at Rotherham Hospital care for youngsters born from as little as 27 weeks.
Babies can spend anywhere from a few days to six months on the unit, meaning it becomes a second home for parents riding a rollercoaster of emotions, filled with hope and anxiety. While nothing can prepare them for their time on the Neonatal Unit, we can make their experience more bearable.
Creating a homely, welcoming and modern unit
The Trust's plans for the refurbishment and expansion of the unit promise to transform the experience of neonatal care for thousands of families from Rotherham and beyond. Meanwhile the charity will provide the special touches that really do create a home from home.
Alongside our caring, compassionate and skilled colleagues, families can expect to find:
- Refurbished bedrooms where they are welcome to stay with their little one.
- A renovated kitchen and family room where they can prepare food, eat and involve their baby's siblings more easily.
- Recliner chairs beside each cot so they can sleep close to their precious newborn.
- Sensory equipment and lights which help their baby's neuro development. We hope this will include mood lighting, portable sensory lights, toys and a sensory projector.
- Cot-side lockers to allow them to store their belongings, clothes and keepsakes while personalising their baby's space on the unit.
- Toys and books for their baby's siblings to enjoy while they get to know their new brother or sister.
- A quiet room where families and staff can gain some respite from the bleeping machines and busy ward environment.