Diaphanoscope for transillumination



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Sometimes pregnancy and birth does not always have the outcome we would wish for. Babies die and families are left bereaved with empty arms. The staff encourage families to make memories, keepsakes that they can treasure. This may be in the form of photos, castings or jewellery.

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This year the Trust has supported four NICU staff with their Education.

Ongoing education and learning is essential in the delivery of research based care and enhances the Neonatal Service. 

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New cuddle cot for NICU families.

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After growing his hair for seven years,

a Timaru student from Roncalli College

will be cutting it all off for charity and in memory of his late sibling



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Marianne Dutkiewicz - Open Water Swimmer & Baby Swim teacher



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Calypso Pro & Carum hospital Grade



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Neonatal Scientific Meeting

@ Autralian Resuscitation "Spark of Life" Conference

International Convention Centre, Sydney 9 May 2019

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Responses from those staff supported to attend

the International COINN Conference Auckland 5th-8th May 2019


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Premature Anne - Task trainer for realistic care of an extremely prem baby.

Designed to look and feel like a 750gm  25 week gestation baby.

Staff are excited to use and practice their skills on her.

prem anne 

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Style & comfort for parents in NICU

Promoting skin to skin care, breastfeeding and quality time

with their babies.

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dining chairs

New dining chairs for NICU

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 Neonatal Outreach, supporting our

babies after Discharge

Lease Direct car

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The Trust believes in the importance of privacy for families so has supported the procurment of privacy screens. 2018



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Breastfeeding Education

Tools & helpful aids

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Study scholarship for lactation Exams 2017


The trust is happy to financially support two registered nurses this year to take their exams. In doing this we feel we are supporting the unit in providing care which supports breastfeeding  and the baby friendly hospital initiative of which Christchurch Women’s Hospital and the neonatal unit is accredited for.


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The Trust is happy to provide a travel scholarship for a neonatal nurse to attend the 2017,13th International KC Certification hosted in Cleveland, Ohio.

find out more about this conference here -KC

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Summer Student conducts study at Christchurch Women's Hospital Neonatal Unit

Her findings are  to be presented as a poster at PSANZ 2016 (Perinatal Society of Australia, New Zealand) in May


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A long term study of premature infants who are now turing 17 years of age

Looking at the late effects prematurity may have on their physical and mental well being. 2016

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breastfeedingStudy Scholarships

 The trust was very pleased to recently support two neonatal nurses with a travel scholarship. 2015

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The SimNewB is an interactive simulator, designed by Laerdal with the American Academy of Pediatrics to meet the training requirements of neonatal emergency medicine and resuscitation courses.

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Christchurch‟s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) has officially opened the first hospital-based pasteurised human milk bank in New Zealand. 2014

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