Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Scunthorpe General Hospital celebrating 20th anniversary
Staff at the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Scunthorpe General Hospital are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the opening of the unit.
The site, which became an intensive care unit in 1992 when it moved to its current location in the hospital, has cared for thousands of babies over the years.
Countless lives have been saved or made drastically better because of the care staff at the unit have been able to give.
One of the parents who appreciates the importance of the unit is Daisy Armstrong.
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Her daughter Millie-Ann Wraith is currently being cared for at the unit after being born nine weeks early.
Daisy had pre-eclampsia which is a condition that can cause growth problems.
Ms Armstrong, 23, from Broughton, said the unit saved her daughter's life.
She said: "My daughter was not getting enough oxygen or food.
"She is doing really well now and she is breathing all by herself.
"It has been really important for my daughter.
"It makes you feel a lot better, as you know your child is safe.
"All the staff are really supportive and you can come and go whenever you want."
The unit aims to release Millie on what would have been her original due date, which is September 9.
Unit manager Sister Sarah Judd said care for premature babies had changed dramatically since the unit opened in Scunthorpe.
Staff are now seeing babies survive who 20 years ago probably would not have pulled through.
She said: "It is wonderful working with these babies and their families as we share their joys and worries.
"It is a pleasure to see the babies progress day by day until they are ready for discharge home.
"It will be amazing to see the progress the children have made after we were so involved in their early lives."
To mark the milestone, staff from the unit are throwing a special party for all former patients and their families to get together and have some fun.The event will be held at Glanford Park Football Club on Sunday, August 12 from 2pm.
Sister Judd, who has worked on the unit for 16 years, said: "It can be such an emotional rollercoaster for families when they are with us and every family has their own unique story to tell."
Tickets for the event, which are available from the Newborn Intensive Care Unit, are priced at £10 for 16 and overs, £7 for 7-15-year-olds, and £5 for 1-6-year-olds with under-1s free.
The ticket price includes all the entertainment, plus a cold buffet for adults and picnic boxes for children.