We have recently raised funds to buy 20 state-of-the-art stethoscopes for the neonatal ward at Great Western Hospital, Swindon.
The stethoscopes, which have been branded with the wording ‘Love from New Life’, will enable specialist medical staff to listen to the smallest of heartbeats in premature babies that would otherwise not be detectable.
‘There are currently 18 cots in the department’ said Consultant Paediatrician and Neonatologist Sarah Bates. ‘By having one of these stethoscopes at each cot staff will be able to check a baby’s heartbeat at any time of the day or night. We will be able to detect the heartbeat of even the tiniest premature babies that we care for.’
We have been a major supporter at Great Western Hospital. Trevor Goodall, CEO began this support 26 years ago when his twins Joshua and Samuel were born at 24 weeks and were cared for at the hospital. Sadly, the twins did not survive but it was from that point that Trevor decided to set up a charity and raise funds for premature babies. Since then, the charity has raised £1m and helped over 20 hospitals throughout the UK.