Warm reunion held for intensive care unit at hospital

Health / Thu 19th Jul 2018 pm31 12:58pm

THE NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) hosted it’s first reunion on the 15th July.

Thanks to the kind sponsorship of the Harlow Landsheriff’s who made it possible for the unit to arrange for babies and their parents to reunite with the staff with a day of fun and activities.

Nurse Katie Barke was the event planner and her tireless efforts certainly paid off with over 150 parents and children turning out to the event.

Harlow MP Robert Halfon made an appearance and showing his support for the Princess Alexandra Hospital neonatal unit. He said “The Princess Alexandra Hospital neonatal unit is the jewel in the crown in our NHS in Harlow, I thank all the staff who do an unbelievable job”.

Parents attending the day were thrilled to have a day where they could meet others who had been through similar experiences, something they all had in common and could relate to.

The staff were all overwhelmed in seeing how grown up some of their NICU superheroes had become. Most parent asked if it was going to be a yearly event.

The age ranged from babies who were discharged in the past week to 14 years old. They all had a story to tell which was fascinating but one thing shone through with all the great stories was just how wonderful the staff on the neonatal unit were.

Steve and Tyler Head of the Harlow Land Sheriff’s who sponsored the entire event was pleased to see the large turnout and felt proud to be involved in supporting such a great event.

The neonatal unit manager thanked the Harlow Land Sheriffs, and stated that “without their generosity, time and support this would not have been possible. We would love to keep this as a yearly event as we cannot put a price on how valuable this experience was for all involved”.

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