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New accommodation opens for NICU parents

Parents of babies in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), who live a considerable distance away from the hospital, or those who live locally and whose baby is very sick, can now stay in a bungalow on the hospital site, thanks to a successful fundraising drive by supporters.

The accommodation at Luton and Dunstable University Hospital (L&D) provides a ‘home from home’ and includes three double bedrooms, a shower room, a kitchen and a garden – somewhere the family can escape to from the busy ward, but located only a few minutes’ walk from their baby in case they are needed.

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the L&D is one of only three units in the East of England and provides the highest level of intensive care for premature and sick newborn babies. Specialist staff look after more than 900 babies a year who come from as far afield as Essex, West Sussex and the West Midlands.

More than £60,000 was raised by supporters and fundraisers to convert the bungalow, together with generous donations from local businesses.

Liz Langham, Lead Nurse on NICU, said: “The new accommodation was entirely funded through donations and gifts in kind and is being offered to parents free of charge thanks to everyone’s continued generosity. We are immensely grateful to everyone who has supported us.

“As well as thanking all our supporters and fundraisers, we would like to acknowledge the generosity of Tesco Extra in Dunstable who kindly donated all the soft furnishings and toiletries, and Co-op Funeral Services who donated the electrical goods.”

If you would like to make a donation towards the project please visit the Justgiving website or call the Fundraising Team on 01582 718 289.

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