The Royal United Hospital in Bath was lit up in purple over the weekend, as part of efforts to support World Prematurity Day 2018, along with hospitals across the country.
The RUH joined hospitals from all over the UK and worldwide to raise awareness of premature birth, and the sometimes devastating impact it can have on families.
Sarah Merritt, Trust Head of Nursing and Midwifery, said: “We understand the difficulties facing babies born prematurely and the emotional pressures that their parents and families have to cope with.
“Talking about and raising awareness of this global issue is really important and can be a big help to those affected.”
The Dyson Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Royal United Hospital has been designed to provide a beneficial healing environment for babies and reduce stress levels experienced by their parents.
The specialist unit provides care for premature and sick newborn babies. Approximately 10% of all babies will need admission to a neonatal unit, commonly because of prematurity, infection, breathing difficulties or feeding problems.
The unit has 21 cots, and has facilities for parents including 4 double ensuite bedrooms, a breast milk expressing room, a parents coffee room, quiet room, a play area for siblings and a garden.
World Prematurity Day took place on Saturday 17th November, and the RUH was lit up to mark the movement throughout the weekend.