The Simpsons Special Care Babies is an entirely voluntary run charity founded in my home town, Edinburgh in 1985. The charity was originally called Friends of Simpsons Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (FOSNICU) until 1996 when they relaunched as Simpsons Special Care Babies.
The charity has come a long way over the years. From a handful of people working tirelessly with no resources, not even a room to work from. To what they have become. Never losing focus on their goals.
Simpsons Special Care Babies aims.
The aims of the charity are to raise funds to provide;
- State of the art equipment
- Advanced staff training
- Groundbreaking research
- Provide support and advice to staff and families
- Compliment and enhance what is provided by the NHS
What they do to help.
Technology moves so fast it can be difficult for the NHS to keep up. Lack of financial resources means that it is not always possible to purchase the latest life-saving machinery. Having access to the most up to date equipment gives tiny babies the best possible treatment.
SSCB has helped purchase;
VT-Veinsite vein finder. Approx cost £3,000. A common challenge in premature babies is detecting veins. This machine helps staff to detect difficult to find veins.
Transport Incubator. Approx cost £120,000. Sometimes babies need to be moved to another hospital for life-saving treatment. The lifesaving transportation incubator was purchased to do this as safely as possible.
SSCB don’t just make sure that the unit has the equipment and training to look after tiny and sick babies. They also make sure that the parents have the best experience possible.
V create. Approx cost £6,750. Is a secure virtual app enabling video messaging and pictures to be sent to parents. Keeping them up to date when not at the hospital. 4 out of the 6 Ipads are supported by SSCB, including the yearly subscription fees.
To make sure that all the special babies in the unit receive the very best care, SSCB funds training, seminars and workshops for the medical and nursing staff each year.
How can you help SSCB?
There are lots of ways you can help the SSCB and it doesn’t have to cost you a penny. You can donate your time and ideas. Become a committee member.
Organise a fundraising event, bake sale or a sponsored run or walk. If you’re more adventurous you could do an abseil or a skydive.
You can purchase merchandise from the SSCB shop and gift items to friends and family. This also helps spread awareness of SSCB.
SSCB also have an option to donate once or set up a regular donation.
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