The Newborn Trust Foundation will be hosting a concert to raise funds for the redevelopment & refurbishment of Groote Schuur Hospital's neonatal unit. Picture: Armand Hough/African News Agency/ANA
Cape Town - The Newborn Trust Foundation will be hosting a concert to raise funds for the redevelopment and refurbishment of Groote Schuur Hospital's neonatal unit.

The Every Baby Counts concert, in which there will be performances by Craig Lucas, Alanna Joy, Good Luck and Hezron Chetty, will be held on May 1 from 2pm to 7pm, at Hillcrest Quarry, Durbanville.

The neonatal unit started as a bathroom cum-nursery area in the maternity ward, which was turned into a high-care area in 1970.

The area then became a fully functioning neonatal unit in 1987, accommodating 72 babies.

Over the years, the unit has been converted into a Kangaroo Mother Care ward, which accommodate 75 babies, despite it helping 80 to 100 babies on any given day.

The hospital's chief executive and chairperson of the foundation, Dr Bhavna Patel, said the foundation received a donation to refurbish the unit and upgrade equipment, but more money was needed.

“We want to do a moms’ room for mothers who stay with their babies, and refurbish the waiting room for parents.”

Patel said because Groote Schuur was a tertiary hospital, it treated babies from all over, including George, Eastern and Northern Cape, but mostly the Metro West District.

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