Hospital Relief Packages
If your baby has arrived prematurely your family is most likely going to experience NICU and PICU.
These are not just words for families facing this situation, the reality is that it’s more than just an abbreviation. Walk with Wings gets it.
From the time your child is admitted you’re going to be walking into an unknown situation that’s out of your control. There will be questions and feelings that you have and for the most part they may not be initially answered. Your little one is behind a closed a door and all you have is a pamphlet. The next however many days or even months are going to be some of the hardest that you have ever faced. At a time where every bit of information matters, we’ve compiled a few small morsels here. A basic understanding of what NICU and PICU are is a start.
NICU and PICU are Intensive Care Units where premature babies are cared for by specialist doctors and nurses.
The NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) is for premature and sick newborn babies. Sometimes babies have problems when they enter the world due to complications from an early birth, and it can be a difficult and confusing time. The NICU might have quiet periods when the lights are dimmed, as babies can easily be overwhelmed by too much light and noise. Babies will have their own incubator with instruments to monitor each child and keep them comfortable.
The PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit) provides specialist care for seriously ill infants, children, and young people. It provides post-operative support and takes in patients who are too sick for a regular ward. Almost all patients admitted to PICU need their breathing supported by a ventilator and longer term support.
If you happen to end up at the Adelaide Women’s and Children’s Hospital, there is fantastic support for your premature loved one. If your stay proves to be an extended one, take the opportunity to obtain a Butterfly Card for a 10% discount at the Hospital cafeteria. There is also free internet for parents to stay connected with friends and family, though you’ll likely be using it to scrounge the net for any information you can find.
Walk With Wings understands the journey you’re about to undertake, and we know that it isn’t going to be an easy one. Whether you’re at the Women’s and Children’s, or any other hospital, we provide hospital relief packages to families with premature babies in NICU, PICU, or SCN, to help relieve the financial pressures that you’ll likely be facing while caring for your child. We provide fuel vouchers, car parking tickets, and meal vouchers to ease the burden of cost that comes with a premature baby. Even though it’s a small thing, we hope that what little we can do to help will make the lives of families who are practically living in hospital a little easier.
Please speak with the Hospital Social Workers on duty, phone or contact us to arrange assistance.