A woman and a man stand over a new born baby in its bed, touching the baby.

Emergency Accommodation

The Emergency Accommodation and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit program supports families through their experience of having a baby in intensive care.

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is a highly specialised area within Mercy Hospital for Women, providing care for infants within the first 28 days of life with gestation as low as 23 weeks. These babies may be premature, or unwell full-term infants, requiring respiratory support, intravenous therapy, specialised feeding, incubator care or intensive technological care such as ventilation, high-frequency oscillating ventilation, or minor surgery.

This program provides funding to support families who have a child in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, by facilitating emergency accommodation at Lions House. Emergency accommodation is suitable for families who do not qualify for government assistance, but who live a considerable distance from the hospital and need to stay close to their child, or children, throughout treatment.

Families supporting families

The Emergency Accommodation and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit program exists thanks to the amazing fundraising efforts of a local family, whose own child received care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit several years ago.

This family, in conjunction with the Rosanna Golf Club, runs an event called Jimmy’s Golf Day. The program is keenly supported by local families looking to support one another.

Over the past year, this program has funded 140 nights of accommodation for eight people at Lions House. In the past, it has also supported families in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit by funding the purchase of additional milk warmers.

Please speak to our team if you would like to support this wonderful program, or make an online donation.

Last reviewed January 16, 2018.