Home Away From Home opens for parents of premature babies - The Solihull Observer

Home Away From Home opens for parents of premature babies

Solihull Editorial 28th Nov, 2022   0

A NEW ‘home away from home’ has opened at Heartlands Hospital for families to stay at while their premature babies are given urgent care.

The house allows the loved ones of those who have been transferred to the hospital from miles away a place to stay.

It has been funded by University Hospital Birmingham Charity (UHB) and is close by the neonatal ward at the hospital,

The house has a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, as well as a second room which can be used as a games room or another bedroom.

There is also a garden and parking.

The lead nurse for Family Integrated Care, Laura Wheeler said, “It makes such a difference to families having the Home away from Home.

“It can be a really traumatic time for parents whose babies are in need of urgent care because they are sick or born prematurely.

“Having a place to stay within two minutes of the neonatal ward takes the stress away and means parents can be with their loved ones all hours of the day.”

Charlotte Schofield, the charity’s head of fundraising, said: “This can be one of the hardest times in a parent’s life so it means so much to UHB Charity and staff at the Neonatal unit at Heartlands Hospital to be able to offer this to parents so they can focus on their baby and not have to worry about commuting from all parts of the country. We couldn’t do it without the amazing people who donate to our UHB Charity fund.”

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