Published on Friday 31 March 2017
The High Sheriff of Merseyside, Jim Davies, has made an official visit to Wirral Women and Children’s Hospital to see the life-saving care provided by its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Welcomed by Clinical Lead for Neonatal Care, Dr Anand Kamalanathan, the High Sheriff and his wife, Mrs Shirley Davies, were given a tour of the unit and met some of the parents whose sick or premature babies are currently being looked after by its specialist team of doctors and nurses.
Tom Fergus from Ellesmere Port was one of the parents who met the High Sheriff during his visit. Tom’s partner, Vicky, was just 29 weeks into her pregnancy when she gave birth to their baby boy William weighing just 3lbs. William is now five weeks old and progressing well thanks to the care provided on the unit. Talking about the team, Tom said: “I really couldn’t fault the care we’ve received. It’s been truly amazing.”
With 24 cots, the Neonatal Unit based within the Arrowe Park Hospital site provides high level intensive care to babies from Merseyside, Cheshire and North Wales.
Clinical Lead, Dr Anand Kamalanathan explained: “Everyone who works within our Neonatal Intensive Care facility is passionate about achieving the best possible outcomes for the most fragile babies in the region. We are very grateful to the High Sheriff and his wife for taking time out of their busy schedule to find out more about the vital care and support we provide and hope that we have left a lasting impression.”
During his visit, the High Sheriff also met Sheila Clarke from Bebington, whose grandson was cared for by the hospital’s Neonatal team when he was born. Sheila is one of several local ladies who have set up a new independent charity called IncuBabies, dedicated to raising money for Wirral’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Before leaving the hospital, Mr Davies visited Ronald McDonald House Arrowe Park, the free ‘home away from home’ charity accommodation for families who have children being treated at Wirral Women and Children’s Hospital. Mr Davies and his wife joined the weekly ‘Neomates’ coffee morning, which gives parents of babies who have stayed on the neonatal unit the chance to meet up regularly with others who have been on a similar journey.
Reflecting on his visit, High Sheriff Mr Davies said: “It was very humbling to see the outstanding care being provided by the Neonatal team and hear about the difference they have made to so many families.
“Everyone I met today, including the nursing and medical staff, parents, charity trustees and team at Ronald McDonald House should be commended for their commitment. In different ways, they are all making an extremely important contribution to the lives of vulnerable babies from across the region and I wish them the very best of luck with all that they hope to achieve.”
Pictured from left to right: Dr Anand Kamalanathan, The High Sheriff of Merseyside, Jim Davies, Mrs Shirley Davies, Deputy Ward Sister Julie Knox and Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Anna Spicer.