THE Gold Coast University Hospital has welcomed six additional Neonatal Intensive Care Cots and will soon be able to take care of up to one thousand sick and premature babies each year.
The extra cots are a welcome addition to the service which already provides 20 Special Care Nursery Cots and two Neonatal Intensive Care cots for premature and unwell babies on the Gold Coast and Northern New South Wales.
Doctor Peter Schmidt, Medical Director of the Newborn Care Unit, said the hospital could now care for more babies born prematurely at 26 weeks and higher without the need to travel to Brisbane for care.
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Tyann Scott recently gave birth to baby Jake nine weeks early and says the new facilities at the Gold Coast University Hospital were amazing.
“I am very proud of him. He is my little champion. My little survivor,” Tyann said.
“He came into the world not under the best of circumstances but the doctors here have been phenomenally amazing, I just can’t thank them enough.
“I just live around the corner and he (Jake) is going to be here until June so it makes a massive difference to my life because I have to come in all the time, everyday.”
Baby Jake was supposed to be born on June 14 and will be required to remain in the Intensive Care Unit until this time.
Easing the financial burden, parents of the premature babies are also provided with free parking at the hospital.
“They also provide parking which is really important because you are here quite a lot. This becomes your second home and I think it is so important to feel comfortable here,” Tyann said.
“You can not fault this place, everything is provided. They have thought of absolutely everything.”
After planned future expansion of the Unit to full capacity of 44 cots, it is expected the facility will be able to provide care for up to 1,000 sick and premature babies every year.
“In 2014 up to an estimated 5000 babies will be born at Gold Coast University Hospital. Although the vast majority of these babies are born healthy, approximately 15% of babies will require admission to the Newborn Care Unit for difficulty in breathing or other problems,” Dr Schmidt said.
Doctor Schmidt said some babies with rare or severe conditions would still require transfer to hospitals in Brisbane.