BIBS (Babies in Buscot Support) is a registered charity formed in 1987 that supports the neo-natal and Special Care Baby Unit (NICU or SCBU) at The Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading. Buscot ward provides care for babies born too soon or too sick. Approximately one in ten births within the hospital are of a premature or sick baby.
BIBS fundraise for medical equipment and technology for the unit, giving babies the best possible chance and start in life. Recently BIBS purchased a new travel incubator to transfer sick or premature babies from the delivery suite to Buscot ward, giving them critical life support care during their most fragile stage.
BIBS work closely with the paediatric and neonatal consultant teams to identify equipment which would make a difference on Buscot Ward. BIBS are currently trying to raise £29,000 for a much needed state of the art incubator for the unit via their Saving Tiny Lives appeal.
Support services are also a major area of focus. Parents will be feeling stress and emotions that are probably completely new to them. BIBS funds an NCT post-natal practitioner to regularly visit Buscot Ward as well as running a weekly drop-in session where parents can meet and talk with others that have been through the NICU and SCBU journey themselves.
BIBS also manage facilities such as the family lounge, an area where parents can get away and make themselves a drink or have something to eat. They have also recently refurbished a number of areas used by parents such as a quiet room and overnight accommodation where parents can stay if their baby is very ill, preparing to go home or has maybe been transferred far away from home.
BIBS is an official charity partner of BabyExpo Berkshire – to find out more about this amazing charity please click on the links below.