- The NMH Foundation officially launches the John Pollard MRI Suite
On June 27th the NMH Foundation officially launched the MRI Suite. Through the generosity of our supporters and major donors, the NMH Foundation successfully reached the target of €1.5 million to purchase an MRI scanner, a first for any maternity hospital in the State.
The acquisition of an MRI scanner will transform foetal-maternal medicine in Ireland and will offer a major advance in the diagnosis and treatment of critically ill newborn infants. Very sick and premature babies must be transported across the city for vital, lifesaving scans but now with our own designated MRI Scanner, these babies will not need to leave Holles Street. Our first scan was held in September 2016, marking a very exciting moment in the history of the National Maternity Hospital!
We are very grateful to all of our supporters who attended and helped to mark this momentous occasion. In particular we thank Mr Stephen Vernon, our lead donor for this project and whose Grandfather, Dr John Pollard's name has been given to our suite in his memory.
- €5,000 raised by Anna Fitzgerald for NMH Foundation RetCam Appeal.
Anna has had three children born here at the NMH, Emily, Liam and Fionn, and all of them spent time in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. In order to give back to those that helped her and her babies out so much, Anna recently organized a 'Bun in the Oven' coffee event to raise funds for our 2018 RetCam appeal. She was only expecting to raise €1,000 so she was thrilled when she raised a total €5,000 in funds. Thank you so much Anna for all your support!
- 130 Breast Pumps purchased in 2017 for Holles Street Mothers by the NMH Foundation.
We are very excited to announce that in 2017 the NMH Foundation purchased 130 Breast Pumps for our Holles Street Mothers! Working very closely with the NMH Social Work Department & Lactation Team - because of the support of WaterWipes and all of our donors & Community Fundraisers throughout Prematurity Awareness Month in November '17 we will continue to purchase these much needed items. We know that these pumps will make life a little less stressful for our Holles Street Mothers.
We would like to say a huge thank you to all of you who baked, swam, text to donate or even purchased WaterWipes in November '17. We also want to thank all of our Medical Social Workers & Lactation Team here in the NMH - they are a bit camera shy, so we've no photos of them but their hard work is much appreciated.
- Storm Emma couldn't stop The NMH!
We are so thankful to all our hospital staff who braved the ice and snow from Storm Emma and came into work to ensure the operations of the NMH continued to run smoothly. They were determined to get to the hospital one way or another - including by foot - in order to help care for all our babies and mothers here at Holles Street. Many of them ended up staying at the hospital for 5-6 days! The passion and dedication of our employees is truly inspiring and we are so grateful for all that they do! We would also like to thank Taoiseach Leo Varadkar for stopping by to check in on us during the storm!
- The Needham Family donate €4500 to the NMH Foundation.
We are so grateful to the Needham Family: Pat & Michelle and their daughter Grace who donated €4,500 to the NMH Foundation in December. The Needham Family along with their friends and family came together in August 2017 to host a fun run in memory of the Needham's beautiful daughter Jessica who sadly passed away in 2016. Thank you so much to the Needham's who have shown such kindness and grace during this very difficult time.
- Team Holles Street 2017 raises the €16K needed for a new Giraffe Care Station Incubator for the NMH NICU
We would like to say a huge thank you to Team Holles Street 2017. Our amazing team raised the €16K needed to purchase a Giraffe Care Station Incubator for the NMH NICU and we are very grateful!