John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford has announced a £25m development of neonatal intensive care facilities to address a shortage of space for premature and sick babies
The facility will cater for children requiring intensive-care support, plus high-dependency care for children who require close monitoring.
The hospital’s existing paediatric intensive care unit is the only one in Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire to offer neonatal surgery, cardiology and neurosurgery.
Said Dr Eleri Adams, clinical director for newborn services: ‘We are looking after an increasing number of intensive-care babies year-on-year, so we are putting in place plans to make the unit bigger for the future.’
Some of the money will come from existing funds, but the bulk will be provided through a community fundraising drive. The cash will be used to either improve the existing unit or build a new, state-of-the-art facility.