Completed £2.1m neonatal unit opens

A newly refurbished neonatal unit which cares for premature and unwell babies at Lincoln County Hospital is open following a £2.1million refurbishment.

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Working with Lindum Group the modernised unit now provides one intensive care, two high dependency and 12 special care cots. It is more flexible in its design and includes two further cots for babies requiring isolation should they require it.

The new unit provides a more comfortable and modern space for parents to use during their baby’s stay, with a total of three parent bedrooms (two ensuite), a kitchen and sitting room facilities and baby changing facilities and a play area for siblings.

The total refurbishment means that the layout of the unit is more open-plan providing a bright and airy environment for staff to deliver care to those babies and their families that require it.

On Thursday 2 November 2017, the unit was blessed by Reverend Alison Amelia and babies were welcomed onto the new unit on Saturday 4 November 2017.

Cathy Franklin, matron for neonatal services, said, “This is a really exciting time for women’s and children’s services, and a fantastic investment in maternity for families in Lincolnshire. Providing the best quality environment possible for our mothers and babies is a top priority. These improvements will provide an up-to-date environment in which our staff can deliver better quality care to those babies who need it.”