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Simpsons Special Care Babies Newsletter 2018

Christmas Cards

Order your Christmas cards today. When you buy your cards online, we’ll have your contact details, so we can keep in touch, plus you’ll be helping us reduce postage costs (thanks for that). But if you don’t have online access, we won’t forget you, promise! You can still sign up to our database and receive brochures by post as before. SSCB would love to keep in touch with you to share information about the vital work we do to help premature or sick babies and their families in the Simpson Neonatal Unit.

Just so you know, when you register with Simpsons Special Care Babies, we’ll keep your contact details (including, name, address, email address and/or telephone number) in our database. We will never sell your data and promise to keep your details safe and secure. For further information about how we store and use personal information you can access our Privacy Policy.


Stick with us

Your support is hugely appreciated, and we want to say a heartfelt THANKS! As you know, SSCB exists so that all babies admitted to the Simpson Neonatal Unit receive the best possible care. Don’t just take our word for it – read about our recent work below, contact us or join our mailing list to be kept informed.


The story so far

Simpsons Special Care Babies has been supporting the care of premature or sick babies in the Simpson Neonatal Unit since 1985, view our history. You can help us in various ways, from participating in sponsored events to donating your pocket money. Here’s where our funds have come from in recent years:

  • Sponsored events - Individuals and teams participating in large sponsored events.

  • Charity partnerships – Businesses, nurseries and schools choosing SSCB as their Charity of the Year, including TSB, CLIQ Container Trading, SWECO, Turtle Tots, Leaps and Bounds Nursery, ESMS Junior School P3, Forrester High School and The Edinburgh Academy.

  • Private donations - from a few pounds to several thousand pounds

  • Collections taken at milestone events – Birthdays, Weddings, Funerals, Christenings and Naming Ceremonies

  • Social Events - Charity Balls, Race Nights, Children’s Fun Days.

  • SSCB Events - Bubbles for Babies Lunch, Teddy Bears’ Picnic, Christmas card stall

All of this helps us to provide:

State of the Art Equipment

  • CFAM Monitor – Cerebral Function Analysing Monitor

  • ‘SMART’ Newborn Resuscitation Training System – to facilitate in-house training

  • ‘Cosytherm’ Warming Mattress System – for babies whose temperature is unstable

  • ‘Bili Blanket’ – portable phototherapy system for treatment of jaundice

Learn more about the life saving equipment

Advanced Staff Training and Professional Development

  • Vermont Oxford Network (VON) – an international Quality Improvement network. SSCB funds 6 places for staff to attend the VON Annual Congress, pays the annual subscription for membership of VON, and VON Software Licences.

  • Educational Grants for Advance Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (ANNPs) - £1,000 per person per year to undertake specialist training courses or workshops.

  • Continuing Professional Development for nursing staff

Learn more about Advanced Staff Training

Ground-breaking research in Neonatology

  • TheirWorld Edinburgh Birth Cohort (two research fellowships)

  • MD research on oxygenation levels of new-born babies, in the NICU and in transit between hospitals

  • Funding for research and development of system to reduce vibration during transfer of infants between hospitals by the Neonatal Transport Team

Learn more about Ground Breaking Research

Support for parents and families

  • Parent Welcome Bags

  • Magazines for Expressing Room

  • Hand & Footprint Wipes

  • Card making supplies for cards from babies to parents on Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and at Christmas

  • Provision of new beds for mothers in Transitional Care

  • Refreshment packs for Neonatal Transport Team – water and biscuits for parents on long ambulance journeys

Learn more about Supporting Parents


Dates for your diary

  • 16th & 17th November - Annual Christmas Charity Stall & Bucket Collection 12-5pm, in the Main Mall at the Royal Infirmary Christmas Cards, SSCB Merchandise, Handknitting, and more

  • 17th November - World Prematurity Day


Looking to the future

We genuinely care about family well-being, so we'll be contributing substantial funds towards the cost of refurbishing the parent facilities within the Neonatal Unit. Just imagine a spacious and comfortable family sitting room, with a small kitchen and children’s play area; plus upgraded parent overnight accommodation, transitional care facilities and a separate visitor waiting room.

We can’t wait to update you with our progress, so watch this space!


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