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Project information

NICU Appeal

1 in 7 babies born at the L&D need specialist neonatal care... thats over 740 each year! But there are even more babies that need our care so we are building a new, bigger unit with more cots and better facilities for babies and their families. The NICU Appeal will support this new development.

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Charity information: Luton and Dunstable Hospital Charitable Fund

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  • Need


    Each year the number of premature and sick babies born increases. The demand for cots is much greater than the number available. So we are building a new unit with 46 cots to enable us to treat more babies from across Beds, Herts, Bucks and beyond. Because of the skill and expertise of our NICU team we treat the very sickest and most premature babies in the East of England. The NHS is investing £7m and we need to raise an additional £1.5 m to make enhancements to the new facility.


    We currently have to turn away requests for a neonatal intensive care cot from other hospitals when the unit is full. This means that babies are not able to get the best possible treatment they need to give them a fighting chance in their first few days of life. By providing more cots we hope to treat all babies that need our care. Enhancements to the facilitiy include a designated breastfeeding room, bedrooms for parents and a family room for siblings to come and meet the new arrival.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To raise £1.5 million to help make the enhancements in the new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).


    » We have various activities organised to raise the money and have raised over £352,000 to date which is fantastic!

    What success will look like

    Success will be achieved once the building is up and running and the additional cots and facilities are in place for families and babies to use.

  • Impact


    If we can treat more sick and premature babies each year we can save even more tiny lives. With more cots we will reduce the number of requests for a cot that are turned away- ensuring that every baby will get the specialist care it needs. The enhancements will make life easier for parents while their newborn is in NICU and will encourage bonding between parents and their babies as well as siblings and their new brother or sister. This is key for developing the relationships in a family.


    There are a number of risks associated with the project as it involves building however the Hospital is using NHS approved contrcators to ensure the whole project runs smoothly. If we dont raise enough money the unit will still open on time but without some of the enhancements. They will be put in at a later date once the funding has been secured.


    We send out an annual news bulletin to donors and keep current news updated on the website. We can keep donors updated more frequesntly if they specifically request it.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £8,528,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,752,000 Building materials (fixtures and fittings) and labour
      £626,000 Professional fees surveyors, solicitors, architects etc
      £1,500,000 Equipment incubators, ventilators etc
      £850,000 Contingency This is a pre-set percentage as set by the NHS for all building work
      £800,000 Inflation This is pre set by the NHS

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    NHS £7,000,000 Guaranteed
    Fundraising £352,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The Unit will be based at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital. The babies treated in the Unit will come from across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and beyond. The L&D treats the sickest and most premature babies in the East of England and if cots arent available in other parts of the country will take a baby from anywhere else in the UK.


    Everyone. Any family needing neonatal care will have access to the unit.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Luton and Dunstable Hospital has been designated as the lead provider for neonatal care in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire. This is down to the skills and expertise of our staff. Over 120 staff work on the unit which includes doctors and nurses, dieticians, physiotherapists, audiologists and community midwives. The Hospital is also situated just off junction 11 of the M1 which means that when mums and babies are brought in from other hospitals it significanly reduces their journey time.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    There Are Too Many People To Mention

    Every single member of staff in the NICU team and every supporter that donates will help to make this project a success.