Positive Touch

Help Positive Touch support the special care babies and their families.

Positive Touch was set up in 2012 by parents and staff of the Special Care Baby Unit at the Royal Surrey County Hospital to support the babies and families during their stay and beyond.

Positive Touch became part of the Royal Surrey County Hospital Charity in 2018. Everything we provide for the Special Care Baby Unit is funded by donations and the fundraising of our amazing supporters.

The Special Care Baby Unit can care for up to 12 babies who may be born at full term but need additional support or premature babies born from 31 weeks gestation.

The unit provides special care for a range of health conditions for over 200 babies each year.
With 1 in 7 babies in the UK needing neonatal care, we could be supporting a family you know.

Positive Touch fundraise for equipment or other items required by the Special Care Baby Unit that support the special care babies and their families during their stay.

Positive Touch realise that families also need looking after during a stay in the Special Care Baby Unit for this reason Positive Touch provide the family with:

Welcome Packs - each family that comes into the Special Care Baby Unit receives a welcome pack.
These packs include:
• Waterbottle – to ensure Mum stays hydrated
• Handcream
• Snack Pack
• Note book and pen
• Tissues
• Lipbalm
• Puzzle book
• Milestone cards
• Bonding square for parents and baby
• Information about Positive Touch
• Information about Bliss

Sibling Packs - siblings of the Special Care babies are given their own special pack.
• These packs include:
• Big Brother/ Sister badge
• Big Brother/ Sister card
• Activity book
• Cuddly toy – although this is a gift for the sibling, they often give the toy to their new brother/ sister
• A pack of sweets

Discharge Packs - each family that leaves the Special Care Baby Unit receives a discharge pack.
These packs include:
• Handsanitiser
• Baby wipes
• Muslin
• Graduation certificate
• Bath toy
• Information on Positive Touch
• Story book

Refreshments - a variety of snacks and drinks are supplied by Positive Touch for families in the kitchen.

Volunteer Visits - Positive Touch has two volunteers who visit the Special Care Baby Unit on a weekly basis, they are able to offer parents and families someone to talk to.

Many families will spend significant days/ celebrations in the Special Care Baby Unit, Positive Touch try to make these as special as possible. We provide gifts and cards to mark these occasions.
• Valentines
• Mother’s Day
• World Book Day
• Easter
• Father’s Day
• World Prematurity Day
• Christmas
• Family Birthdays

Spending time in the Special Care Baby Unit can be an emotional, stressful and isolating time. It is a journey that can only be truly understood by those that have travelled it and once a family have been discharged it can be harder.

Families lose the security of the amazing SCBU team. It doesn’t matter how long a baby was in the Special Care Baby Unit or the reason for their stay, everyone copes in different ways. This is the reason that Positive Touch started the monthly Coffee Mornings.

These sessions are run by the volunteers the families met on the Special Care Baby Unit. All members of the family are welcome to attend, it is a great opportunity to catch up with friends made in the Special Care Baby Unit or to meet new families who have also experienced Special Care. As well as monthly Coffee Mornings, Positive Touch organise a Summer picnic and Christmas party for families to celebrate the milestones of their babies/ children.

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