Sick babies far from home

Sick babies far from home

Seriously ill babies from across the East of England are treated at the Rosie, the specialist maternity and neo-natal hospital in Cambridge.

Often, families have to travel many miles daily to be with their sick newborns in intensive care. Yet, it is vitally important that parents, especially mothers, can stay close to vulnerable newborn babies day and night at this crucial time.

The trust is delighted to have contributed to a new home from home for families visiting the Rosie from afar. We funded, via the Sick Children’s Trust, one of eight en-suite family bedrooms in Chestnut House, the first accommodation centre of its kind at the Rosie. It is based conveniently inside the hospital and next to the neo-natal intensive care ward.

An anticipated 300 families per year will be able to stay free of charge at Chestnut House, providing much needed relief of parents’ practical and financial worries in the critical first few weeks of babies’ lives when bonds need to be formed.

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