In 2015 Katrina Armstrong, a Neonatal Nurse in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Glasgow approached SiMBA to ask if it would be possible 'to do something with their two rooms to make them look better for the parents who have to spend time there'. Our Executive Charity Director, Sara Fitzsimmons visited the Queen Elizabeth hospital and began to formulate a plan.
Working together as a team, Sara Ftzsimmons, Hospital Consultant, Management, Neonatal Nurses, Estates, Infection Control, Fire team and SiMBAs Ambassador and founder of the Lola Commons fund for SiMBA Lisa Hague and fiancee Kris Commons all began to put their ideas forward. We then asked parents what they would benefit from in a room and the plan started to evolve. SiMBA took all of these ideas to the Design Team in Grosvenor Interiors and the room started to blossom.
On the 18th of May 2017 The Lola Commons Fund for SiMBA officially unveiled the 'Overnight Room' (which has a sofa bed) and The 'Butterfly Room'.
These rooms are incredibly important to The Lola Commons fund for SiMBA as they will be used as the blue print for all Lola Commons Fund family room refurbishments going forward.
We would like to thank the amazing Bereavement Team at the Queen Elizabeth Neonatal Unit, the Team at Grosvenor Interiors, the parents who came along to support our day, Iona & James Morrison, Heather Lawrence and Lewis MacKenzie and Colette & Tony Early and brother Kieran and to every other parent, family member and friend who has supported SiMBA and the Lola Commons fund for SiMBA, without their input this project would not have been possible so we are forever grateful for their help and support.
"The support from SIMBA in developing the Butterfly and Family Rooms within the Neonatal Unit of the Royal Hospital for Children at the QEUH, Glasgow has been invaluable in creating a dignified environment for parents and families to spend precious time together with their baby before and after death. Such time and memories can never be replaced.
Families have appreciated the privacy, design, comfort and personal touches that access to these rooms have afforded, as well as the reassurance of knowing that Neonatal Staff are nearby to provide support at any time.
From the perspective of the Neonatal Staff the rooms are very much appreciated as they have given us the opportunity to support families away from the clinical environment of an Intensive Care Unit in a calm and tranquil setting. We are very proud that the design chosen by the development team will now be used as the blue print for similar rooms across NHS Scotland."
Dr Lesley Jackson
Neonatal Consultant and Bereavement Group Member
Neonatal Unit Royal Hospital for Children
Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow
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