The Trusts Multi-million Dollar Donation to Help West Auckland’s Most Vulnerable Babies
Hundreds of West Auckland babies are set to benefit from a major rebuild of Waitakere Hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) thanks to our multi-million dollar kick-start donation.
Currently, more than 350 premature babies are admitted to the Waitakere SCBU each year.
Population growth in the Auckland region has put pressure on the unit which cares for the lives of West Auckland and Rodney’s most vulnerable, premature and sick newborn babies.
The Trusts will donate $2M over the next two financial years towards the $5M fundraising project, which will increase cot space, cot numbers and embrace world-leading technology.
This will be the third time we have supported community health projects managed by the Well Foundation charity. The Million Dollar Mission appeals previously gifted $116,010 via public votes for a new Mobile Health Clinic. At-risk children and families can get free health checks in their own own community through the Mobile Health Clinic.
Earlier this year we donated $100,020 for a new transport Incubator. The incubator provides a reliable method of safely transporting premature and unwell babies from Waitakere Hospital to other hospitals for important tests.
“We are so grateful to The Trusts for supporting such an important project that will help many in the community now and for years to come,” Young says.
State of the art facility
The new unit plans to embrace world-leading innovation. Circadian lighting will help babies get into their natural sleep patterns. Individual video cameras will also be installed allowing whanau to login from anywhere in the world to view the baby in its pod.
“The neonatal unit is now 15 years old,” Young says. “Since it opened, the demand on its space has increased with some local new born babies and mothers having to transfer to units around the country due to lack of available SCBU cots. The extension will open up bed capacity from 12 to 18 to help meet the projected growth of the region.”
Waitakere Hospital is run by the Waitemata District Health Board. Waitemata DHB is the largest, and one of the fastest growing, DHBs in New Zealand. The DHB’s 2018 population is estimated at around 630,000 and is projected to rise by 106,000 (17%) in the next decade.
The neonatal unit cares for babies from 32 weeks.
Young says another bonus of the new unit will be accommodation for many mothers to stay overnight. This is currently not possible due to space constraints.
Thank you West Auckland
The Trusts CEO Simon Wickham says it is honoured to be able to make a tangible contribution to the lives of some of our most vulnerable children.
“Having the chance to contribute in this way on behalf of the West Auckland community and make a difference in the lives of thousands of local children at a critical stage in their development is immensely rewarding.”
“We have found that West Aucklanders are passionate about supporting health charities. This is evident from the huge amount of public votes these organisations receive as part of the Million Dollar Mission.”
Thank you for making this donation happen. If you can give a little more visit the Well Foundation’s website.