Baby unit is left £335,000 in will

Latest health news from the Suffolk Free Press,, @sfpsudbury on Twitter
Latest health news from the Suffolk Free Press,, @sfpsudbury on Twitter

A hospital’s neonatal unit, which provides specialist care to premature babies, has been left a £335,000 legacy.

The donation was gifted to West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds in a will, and earmarked specifically for use in the unit, which looks after babies born before they reach full term, along with other newborns. As yet it is unclear exactly what the money, provided by an anonymous donor, will be put towards with a decision expected to be made over the next few months.

Patricia Davis, head of midwifery at the hospital, said there were a number of areas were the funds could have a positive impact.

“We are delighted that the neonatal unit will receive such a fantastic sum as a result of this generous legacy,” she said.

“We will now look in detail at the various projects which could benefit from this money before deciding how to spend it to make the biggest difference to the babies we care for and their families.”

The latest legacy comes after a similar gift of £200,000 was made to the hospital in 2011. This was used to improve the care offered to breast cancer patients by bringing assessment, imaging and diagnostic services into one place in the new integrated breast unit.

It is hoped the legacies will prompt more people to remember the hospital in their will and help make a difference to future patients.

Dave Gooderham, fundraising manager with West Suffolk Hospital Charity, said: “We are extremely grateful for every donation or legacy we receive. Every penny is channelled straight into improving the services we offer for our patients and the environment from which we provide care.

“We are delighted with the latest generous legacy which we have received and hope that it prompts even more people to think about donating to the hospital in the future.”

The hospital was recently nominated as one of five finalists in the quality of care category in the national Top Hospital Awards 2014, for the fourth consecutive year, having won the award in 2011 and 2012.