WORK is well underway on the new Warwick Hospital birthing centre.
The midwife-led unit – which is currently being constructed at the Lakin Road site – is starting to take shape with four birthing rooms being fitted. Each ensuite room will include a birthing pool and a double bed.
The next step in the development of the £1.5million state-of-the-art building is a separate entrance.
A family snug, kitchen, dining area, therapy room, assessment room and garden area will also be created.
With some 2,500 women giving birth annually at the hospital’s Swan Ward maternity department, or with the help of the hospital’s community home-birth teams, the new unit will mean more choice when it opens this summer.
But to make the unit ‘fabulous’ the trust is calling on local residents and businesses for help. They want to raise an additional £200,000 for ‘little luxuries’ such as special baby cribs instead of plastic cots, birth bean bags, dimmable lighting and furnishing to make the unit a ‘home from home’.
A hospital spokeswoman said: “We’re on target for our opening in summer. Please keep donating to make this centre the best it can be.”
The new maternity unit will provide services to women across south Warwickshire and the surrounding areas, and will also have facilities for partners to stay overnight.
With doctors and consultants still working at the hospital’s maternity unit, which will remain open, and an accident and emergency department on site, any complications can receive prompt treatment.
Email [email protected] or call 01926 495321 to support the Birth and Babies Appeal.
* A GENEROUS donation is helping Warwick Hospital’s Birth and Babies Appeal on the way to hitting its target.
Warwick Lions Club granted £1,200 following fund-raising events including Carols at Warwick Castle.
The cheque was presented by club president Pauline Fanti and her partner Jon Dodd to head of midwifery Sarah Noble.
The money will be used for special baby cribs to replace standard plastic cribs.
* THE RECENT cold spell has been welcomed by a fund-raising hospital boss who took the chance to train for a chilly challenge.
Director of development Jayne Blacklay is taking on a Polar Arctic Challenge on Tuesday April 17, which will see her race 100km across frozen fjords, remote valleys and sweeping glaciers in the Arctic
And despite many complaining about the return of the cold weather, Jane used the chance to pull on her winter woolies and get in some last-minute training.
She will be joined on in the race by colleagues from neighbouring Wye Valley Trust, managing director Jane Ives and associate medical director Christina Ramos.
Visit www.justgiving.com/jayne-blacklay1 to donate.