A newborn in the thermal neonatal warming cot at Frankston Hospital.
Long Island golf ladies tee off for tiny babies
Tiny premature babies get to stay cosy and close to mum at Frankston Hospital in their new thermal neonatal warming cot, thanks to the Long Island Country Club on the Mornington Peninsula.
Its ladies’ golf club raised more than $8,000 to buy the cot for the hospital’s special care nursery.
‘This has a heated mattress and is used for sick babies when they are first taken out of the incubator,’ said special care nursery nurse unit manager Dianne Macfarlane.
‘The nursery looks after about 500 babies every year,’ Ms Macfarlane said.
‘This cot will enable us to take babies out of the incubator earlier – at around 1400grams – making it easier for their parents to interact with them without the barrier of the incubator walls.’
‘Thanks to the Long Island Country Club, babies are going to be more settled as they are able to be dressed and tucked in as they would in a normal cot.’
‘The special care nursery is dear to our hearts and has touched a lot of people at the club,’ said ladies’ club president Pam Lambert.
The funds were raised through a well-supported charity golf day, a raffle and numerous stalls.