Poche Van Norton Special Care Nursery

Friends of the Mater deliver new Special Care Nursery

In May this year, the Foundation’s Chairman Dr Keith Hartman AM presented the Mater Hospital with a cheque for $4,357,520 for the design and construction of the Mater’s new Neonatal Special Care Nursery. Since then, a further $350,000 has been committed bringing the total donation from the Foundation to $4,707,520.

The new purpose-built, state-of-the-art Special Care Nursery will feature six additional special care cots for sick, premature and low birth weight babies or newborns with clinical conditions requiring special care and monitoring.

These enhanced capabilities will minimise the need to transfer critically ill babies to another hospital, ensuring that the majority of premature and low birth weight babies born at the Mater are able to receive the care they need without delay.

With 16 individual patient rooms, parents of special needs babies will be able to stay close to their newborns, protecting the natural bonding experience between mother and child during what can potentially be a very stressful time.

The focus in the delivery suite is just one component of maternity care. It is about mother and baby safety. What is as important is the care that we provide post-natally, that sets the beginning of their journey as a family,”

Katy Farley, Manager of Obstetric Services.

This component of the hospital’s new North West Extension will bring the Mater’s Special Care Nursery to the forefront of patient care, further enhancing the hospital’s reputation for world class medical and nursing care for mothers and babies.

The North West Extension is scheduled for completion in May 2015.