Improving the health and well-being
of people living in East Yorkshire
and Northern Lincolnshire
The Health Tree Foundation – awarded a grant of £4521.04 by the Trustees for new breast feeding chairs in the Neonatal Units at Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital Grimsby and Scunthorpe General Hospital. Both neonatal units had a mixture of breast feeding chairs in all shapes, sizes and suitability. Each bed on the unit needs a chair for the mother to sit at to feed her baby. Some of the chairs were torn and old. Others had large immovable arms. The chairs still had life left in them and were not in a position to be replaced by the NHS trust as they were still standing. The Health Tree Foundation, the official charity for Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust which covers Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital Grimsby, Scunthorpe General Hospital and Goole and District Hospital, have supported Neonatal Unit Ward Managers to look at what they would want from a new chair that would be the same for each bed. Having the chairs all the same also makes the ward environment look and feel better for new mums and their babies. The chairs are high comfort patient recliners that are manually operated. They have castors for easy movement. Twelve of the chairs are for Scunthorpe and ten are for Grimsby. They are finished in waterproof antimicrobial vinyls. The Grimsby chairs are finished in lupin vinyl and the Scunthorpe ones finished in mulberry. Time spent on the Neonatal Unit is very precious for new mums and their babies. All new born and mum and dad bonding takes place on our unit whilst the babies are unable to go home. Neonatal staff want to ensure their time is as comfortable as possible.