Neonatal Unit

Milton Keynes Hospital Charity is always here to help and support patients, their families and staff at Milton Keynes University Hospital.

Thanks to you, we’ve raised thousands of pounds for the neonatal unit at the hospital, whether that’s to provide life-saving equipment for babies or comfort items and support for parents. We’ve even funded specialist training for our staff, to make local neonatal care even better.

Right now, we’re focussed on raising funds for some very special incubators to benefit babies born too early, too small or very ill.

A BabyLeo for our tiniest patients

We’re working on a very exciting project in 2020; raising funds for four very special “BabyLeo” incubators.

These incubators will greatly enhance the life chances of babies admitted to the neonatal unit – as well as making the experience for parents and staff much better too.

At present the neonatal unit has “NHS standard” incubators to help look after the 450 babies who are cared for each year. The BabyLeo is described as the “Rolls Royce” of incubators and offers the latest in neonatal technology.

“I love that the top of the incubator can lift right up! Normally we would have to access the baby through the portholes to prevent the baby getting cold. This incubator has a special ‘air curtain’ which is activated when the lid is up, keeping the baby warm. This is especially important in resuscitation scenarios or inserting central lines into the baby. Temperature control is extremely important in both preterm and sick term babies – the BabyLeo would mean we wouldn’t have to try and move the baby to another piece of equipment, so it’s very versatile”. 

Karen, Lead Nurse

It features inbuilt weighing scales (that are more accurate and mean the baby doesn’t need to be lifted out so much); a special heating system to maintain temperature at all times; special mechanisms allowing the baby’s bed to be pulled out for parents to touch and hold their infant; they can even be lowered for C-section mums, play music and allow personalisation of colour, too.

But each BabyLeo costs £25,000 and we really need your support to help little lives in and around Milton Keynes.

We Did it! – Appeal Update (July 2021)

 We have now purchased three BabyLeo Incubators for the Neonatal Unit at Milton Keynes University Hospital. Staff on the unit have received full training on how to use the new equipment and have already put them to work, treating triplets recently born at MKUH.



We have purchased three BabyLeo Incubators for the neonatal unit at Milton Keynes University Hospital.

Staff on the unit are fully trained and are already using the incubators to treat triplets recently born at MKUH.

These incubators were only made possible thanks to the individuals, groups and companies in and around Milton Keynes responding to our BabyLeo Incubator Appeal.

Thank you for your kindness and generosity, which has helped make a difference to our tiniest patients, their families and staff in the neonatal unit here at Milton Keynes University Hospital.

The BabLeos are now greatly enhancing patient care and the experience of their families at MKUH. We are incredibly grateful, and on behalf of all of us here on the neonatal unit, thanks to everyone who donated or was involved in making the BabyLeos happen.”. 

Lisa Viola, Matron of Neonatal Unit

Thank you for helping us make a difference.

For more information please contact us.