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£2.8m boost for baby unit

New money for newborn baby unit Photo: Meridian Tonight

The Newborn Intensive Care Unit at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford will use the £2.8m from the Government to expand its capacity. The money means the hospital can build an extension to the department doubling the number of cots from 10 to 20.

The unit looks after severely ill or premature babies from across the Thames Valley who need life support machines or surgery to survive.

Julie da Silva Moore from 'Support for the Sick Newborn and their Parents' - a charity which supports parents and their babies at the unit said: “We are really pleased to hear about this funding. We know how much this expansion is needed and how much it means for parents not to have to be too far away from home when they have a newborn baby in intensive care. It is a worrying time, and parents need to be able to have the support of friends and family and to be near to their babies.”

The award is part of a £330m extra funding allocation for the health service across England.