Our Charity

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This year, NEPG Conference has chosen to support Tiny Lives, charity that supports premature and sick newborn babies and their families on the Neonatal Unit at the RVI hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne. Each year, around 750 premature or ill new born babies and their families will experience life on SCBU, and the following videos provide a tour of the unit. Tiny Lives supports the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) based on Ward 35 of the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne. Everyone’s journey through the Special Care Baby Unit is different and in the following videos two families share their experiences.

Tiny Lives uses the donated money to make a difference to babies and their families in many different ways. Some of these are the following:

  • Training courses, workshops, and conferences (the most recent of these can be found here)
  • Puchase of quipment such as SimBabyTM infant patient simulator, a vital training tool which allows staff to practice responding to a wide range of scenarios and develop their individual and team working skills in a safe environment. A transport incubator has also been purchased from Tiny Lives trust.
  • Research funding which leads to a greater understanding of the development of bowel flora in premature babies and why some babies go on to develop infection or necrotising enterocolitis (NEC).
  • The cost of a full time Neonatal Physiotherapist to work on the unit is met by the charity.
  • An 18 month project was funded between 2010 and 2012, aimed at increasing the number of babies receiving breast milk on the unit.
  • Offer of family support, parent resources and mementos (examples and help provided)
  • Social worker
  • Support of bereaved families both within ward 35 and Women’s Services Directorate at the RVI (buddy group)
  • Several practical and technological innovations that help to create a calm environment for the babies on the ward and reduce stress (examples)

 

To help Tiny Lives to carry on their great work in supporting premature and sick newborn babies and their families on the Neonatal Unit,  please donate here.

[THE TINY LIVES TRUST, 2.14 CHURCHILL HOUSE
12 MOSLEY STREET, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, NE1 1DE TEL: 0191 230 2112REGISTERED CHARITY NUMBER 1150178 LIMITED COMPANY NO. 8169471]