WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
Neoangels was set up in 2015 by parents Kirsty & Shaun Lowther along with Kirsty’s mum Lynn Robinson and Neonatal Nurses Zoe Joyce and Zoe Musgrave. Kirsty and Shaun’s twins, Noah & Ava who were born prematurely, were cared for by the unit and they decided they wanted to give something back to repay the staff for all they had done. Together they forged Neoangels and made it what it is today. Its sole purpose – to help families during their Neonatal journey, support staff and babies on the unit.
Today, with their help and dedication, the charity is now in a position to help every family on the Neonatal Unit at the University Hospital of North Tees, supporting them with financial support, emotional help and bereavement care.
MEET THE TEAM
Zoe was one of the founding members of Neoangels and has played a massive part in getting us where we are today. She is a Neonatal Nurse at North Tees Hospital as well as a Trustee.
Zoe strives to improve care for babies and this passion is not only what drives her in her role as a nurse, but for her role in the charity. When the idea of a charity was proposed by one of the Sisters on the unit, Zoe knew immediately she wanted to help and be a part of not only improving care for babies, but also for families too.
Jodie is also a Neonatal Nurse at North Tees hospital, as well as a Trustee. She has been working on Ward 23 for over 10 years, and her favourite part of her job is firsts. She loves that first visit from parents when they come up to the unit and see their baby for the first time, those precious first cuddles, first time baby gets to wear clothes and not forgetting their first bath! She also loves hearing about families and their babies to get to know them better.
Jodie joined Neoangels in January of this 2019 and she plays a key part in the charity, its running and its success.
On the Neonatal Unit at North Tees, the care of babies’ transitions from Intensive Care, High Dependency to Special Care. Not all babies need to be cared for in each room, some, however will.
The team of professionals that will care for your baby is a large team consisting of doctors, nurses and lots of other multi-agency staff.
Our team, based on the unit, consists of five Neonatologists, senior and junior doctors, a Ward Matron. We also have our own team of five Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (ANNP’s), a large team of nursing staff which includes our Nursing Sisters and Staff Nurses. We also have four Housekeepers plus Domestics. And our two Ward Clarks. We’re sure you will agree the whole team is pretty amazing.
There are also many other members of a wider team you will see, including, Newborn Hearing Screeners, Physiotherapists, Student Nurses and Midwives, Pharmacists, Ward Hostesses, Radiologists and Ophthalmologists to name a few!
When you walk on to our Neonatal Unit, you’ll see that it has three main rooms babies are cared for in; Intensive Care; High Dependency and Special Care. As well as this it has two side rooms. A Transitional Care room, which enables families to gain confidence in caring for their baby/babies before discharge. There is also two family rooms which are used by parents who may have a poorly baby and or if we have families who don’t live too close to the hospital.
Other facilities on the unit include a kitchen and family sitting room, a milk fridge for storage of expressed breast milk, a shower room and we also have some boxes of goodies to keep brothers and sisters of our babies occupied whilst visiting the unit.