“The days in SCBU are so intense, by far the hardest days of my life so far, but having the amazing SSNAP team visiting you regularly, encouraging you to take time for a much needed coffee, and providing festive cheer over Christmas to those of us on the unit with carol singers and gifts for the babies is incredible." - Natalie
Our staff team - Caz, Christine & Kerry- are here Monday to Sunday, 7 days a week, to offer emotional and practical support to parents and our volunteers run coffee mornings and mobile food and drink trolleys throughout the week. If you are a parent on the NCU then please pop into our office or say hello if you see Caz, Christine, Kerry or any SSNAP Volunteers on the unit.
What we fund
We also fund the posts of two Clinical Psychologists on the Newborn Care Unit who are there to offer specialist support to the parents of babies in our care. If you are a parent on the unit then please speak to the SSNAP team or your baby’s nurse if you’d like some extra support.
Transport and Accommodation
Some of the babies in the NCU come from very far afield. A recent study by Bliss showed that families have to spend, on average, an extra £282 per week whilst their baby is in hospital. We want to make sure that parents spend as much time as possible with their babies, if there is a financial reason that is stopping parents from being with their baby then we can help via our Emergency Fun. We also fund accommodation within the hospital grounds for parents whose baby is very unwell, so that they can be nearby and we'll see if we can help.