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History


The Neonatal Unit

The Neonatal Unit at Groote Schuur Hospital started off as a bathroom cum-nursery area in the Maternity ward, which was turned into a High Care area in 1970. This area eventually became a fully functioning Neonatal Unit in 1987, which accommodated 72 babies.

An effort to reduce the pressure on cots and nursing staff in 1997 resulted in an area within the Neonatal Unit being converted into a Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) ward.  Some further changes were made during minor renovations in 2002 and 2008, resulting in the Neonatal Unit as it stands today which can accommodate 75 babies.

With the formation of the regionalised Peninsula Maternity and Neonatal Service in 1980, the Groote Schuur Maternity Centre became the major referral hospital for obstetric and newborn babies requiring tertiary care in the Southern Peninsula.

The Neonatal Unit has successfully established itself as the academic co-ordinating centre for the Division of Neonatal Medicine within the School of Child and Adolescent Health and the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town (UCT).

The Newborns Trust

A national campaign aimed at improving the quality of pediatric hospital care in South Africa, was launched by the Carl & Emily Fuchs Foundation (CEFF) in 2007. Dr Alan Horn was awarded a start up grant to set up a resource mobilization unit that could fundraise for new facilities, equipment, training and research.

The Newborns Groote Schuur Trust was established in 2008 to administer funding and continue with focused fundraising activities for the Neonatal unit in order to realise the vision of its founders.

A carefully selected Board monitors all fundraising activities and events, and financial compliance guaranteed through strict independent auditing.