Image: Nurse Judith Calver looking after one of NICU’s tiny patients
The young patients of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at King’s will benefit from brand new equipment on the wards, thanks to Dulwich Prep London’s fantastic fundraising efforts.
The school held their ‘Summer of Love Ball’ on Saturday 13 June and managed to raise an incredible £65,000.
Part of the money raised will buy a cooling blanket and monitors for NICU. Cooling therapy is used to lower the body temperature of babies who have been deprived of oxygen at birth. When done for 72 hours, the process can reduce the risk of brain damage, as well as increase the chances of survival and long-term health.
The NICU at King’s specialises in looking after premature babies and newborns with complex surgical problems, so cooling blankets can be in high demand on the unit.
Money has also been donated to PICU, which will help buy equipment to further improve the high quality of care for its young patients. PICU cares for children who require specialist treatment, and is a national centre specialising in neurosurgery and providing care for children with liver disease.
Dr Ann Hickey, Neonatal Clinical Lead, attended both the ball and the school’s annual prize giving event where the headmaster, Mr Michael Roulston, presented her with the cheque. She spoke to the students on both occasions about what the unit does and how the donation will help to treat critically ill newborn babies.
‘We are so thankful to Dulwich Prep for choosing us as their cause and for the fantastic efforts they have gone to to raise money for King’s,’ she says. ‘Charity events and support like this are vital. The ball was great fun for all involved, but also a prime example of how local organisations are willing to support King’s.’