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Maternity Team go purple to support World Prematurity Day

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World Prematurity Day

George Eliot Hospital Special Care Baby Unit turned purple this week to show their support for World Prematurity Day on 17 November.

World Prematurity Day is observed on 17 November every year to raise awareness of preterm birth and the concerns of preterm babies and their families worldwide. Around 10% of babies born across the world are premature. This year the campaign encouraged people to show their support by wearing purple.

The team supported the event by having an information stall within the Maternity Unit, wearing purple, providing tea and cakes and donating gifts to babies within the Special Care Baby Unit.

Special Care Baby Unit, Senior Sister, Cheryl Curson said: “We would like to thank everyone at the George Eliot Hospital for their support helping to raise awareness of preterm birth.”

George Eliot Hospital Special Care Baby Unit is currently being refurbished as part of a major redevelopment of the Maternity Unit. The new unit is expected to reopen the first week of December 2015. A special candlelit walk is being planned for the 18th December at 4pm to officially reopen and support the work of the Special Care Baby Unit.

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