The Brethren of Stoneleigh Lodge 725 have kindly donated £400 to Warwick hospitals Birth & Babies Appeal as a result of the exceptional service they provided to one of their members.
Last year W Bro Ross Lewis' wife spent seven weeks at Warwick hospital owing to complications in the pregnancy with their son, who was then born five week premature and required special care in Intensive Care, High Dependancy and the Special Care Baby Unit. During this time they witnessed the tremendous strain that postnatal and neonatal services are under throughout our region, largely owing to the closure or downgrading of midwifery units in Oxford, Redditch and Solihull. The staff did a sterling job looking after Ross' wife and son, ensuring they received care to the highest standard achievable. The conditions they had to work in were awful at times, one example of this was that the temperature in at the nurses station regularly exceeded thirty degrees celsius. Despite this being at the upper limit, which is the point at which the TUC are currently campaigning to be made illegal for indoor workers, not once did the family hear any of them complain, they simply got on with their duties.
A week before Christmas he was readmitted to the paediatric unit at Warwick suffering from what we now know was viral meningitis. After several doses of multiple antibiotics over several day, he was discharged on Christmas Eve. The family were lucky to be together for Christmas, even more touching was that his three year old big sister had asked Santa if she could have him home for Christmas.
Thanks to the support given by the staff at Warwick hospital they now have a bonnie six month old son Morgan as an addition to their family. Who, of course, has no idea of the trouble he's been through and no one would guess how ill he was at the start of his life.
The Birth & Babies appeal has been supported by local lodges and the Province of Warwickshire recently with a donation of £1,500 (full story here: http://warwickshirepgl.org.uk/news/provincial-news/2017/985-warwick-hospital-birth-babies-the-new-maternity-unit-appeal) but the appeal still needs more help.
The appeal will create a new Midwifery Led Unit at Warwick to ensure that women have the choice about where they give birth. To ensure the new Midwifery Led Unit is the best it can be there is a £200,000 fundraising appeal. The money raised from this will go towards enhancements that NHS funds can’t provide.
- Buy special baby cribs and stands, rather than standard plastic cots
- Provide birthing pools for every room
- Upgrade furnishings to make the unit feel like a home-from-home
- Develop a therapeutic room for parents to use
- Provision of many other additions to provide the best birthing facilities
You can support the appeal now, either through your own fundraising activities, or directly online at http://www.justgiving.com/birthandbabies
To find out more visit: https://www.swft.nhs.uk/fundraise-us/appeals