There was a baby boom in Frimley when more than 40 little ones and their families came together for a special Christmas reunion.
The annual party held at the Frimley Baptist Church Hall is a celebration for all the babies and their families who have spent extended periods of time at Frimley Park Hospital’s Neonatal Unit (NNU) over the previous year.
It is also the chance to meet again with many of the staff from the hospital who cared for the babies when they were at their smallest and most vulnerable. And all the babies and their siblings were very happy to meet with guest of honour Father Christmas to receive an early present.
The event was organised by neonatal staff and has become a seasonal tradition. NNU cares for babies who are born poorly or premature.
One guest, Reuben Taylor, from Fleet, was born three months premature at Frimley Park on 23 December 2014. He was initially transferred to the neonatal intensive care unit at St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey before coming back to the Frimley Park NNU to spend a further nine weeks in their care.
Dad James said: “It is impossible to thank the neonatal team and everyone else who helped Reuben enough for what they have done. From the superb delivery team to the people who stabilised and transferred him, the NICU team at St Peter’s and the countless doctors, nurses and support staff at Frimley who have cared for him since.
“It’s thanks to them that despite weighing barely two pounds when he was born, Reuben is now a happy healthy baby.”
Mum Lisa added: “It’s just not possible to stay with your baby all of the time when they’re in hospital, especially as we had Reuben’s two-year-old sister to care for. So we’ve come to think of everyone at Frimley who looked after Reuben as a sort of extended family.
“I’ve nothing but praise and gratitude for all of those who looked after Reuben with such warmth and compassion, and for looking after us as his parents.
“It has been wonderful to meet some of the team again so they can see for themselves the results of their care and dedication.”