Wednesday May 4, 2016
Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies MP, announced a new $1.36 million cot for newborns in one of the State’s busiest neonatal units at Nepean Hospital.
Tanya Davies was joined by the Member for Penrith, Stuart Ayres MP, on behalf of the Health Minister, Jillian Skinner, at the unveiling of the cot in the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), which is celebrating 25 years of operation.
“This new cot will allow more babies to receive the highest quality, life-saving care in the challenging first weeks and months of life,” Stuart Ayres said.
“Such state-of-the-art technology – coupled with the highly skilled and compassionate staff who work in the Nepean Hospital NICU – allows families to feel supported at a time of enormous stress,” said Stuart Ayres.
Since opening with one intensive care cot in 1991, the Nepean Hospital NICU has cared for over 10,000 babies born as early as 23 weeks of gestation and weighing as little as 400 grams. In the last five years alone, the unit has averaged 1000 admissions annually.
“The work of the NICU has touched the lives of many within this community and I am proud this new cot will help families remain closer to their home and support networks while their newborns receive critical care,” Tanya Davies said.
“One of the main priorities of the NSW Government is to ensure that the health, welfare and wellbeing of the people of this State is safeguarded and I cannot think of a more critical area of investment than in neonatal care, supporting some of our most precious and vulnerable,” said Tanya Davies.
In attendance to mark the 25th anniversary of the NICU was 25-year-old Rebecca Ellen - the first baby admitted to the unit in 1991.
Ms Ellen spent five months in the NICU after being born at 28 weeks gestation. Last year, aged 24, she underwent a double lung transplant but has recovered well and is leading a full life.
“My sincere thanks and gratitude, as always, is extended to all of those who work so passionately and compassionately in the healthcare sector, in supporting mothers and their newborns, so that they can attain the best treatment and care possible,” Tanya Davies concluded.