Aberdeen Neonatal Unit cares for babies from across the entire North of Scotland, including the Highlands and Islands, and we are proud to have supported the Unit for nearly 40 years.
We are also proud to partner with NHS Grampian in fundraising to support wider Maternity Services and in particular to deliver the difference at Aberdeen’s new Baird Family Hospital, which will replace the current Aberdeen Maternity Hospital and Neonatal Unit.
Our vital support and services for Neonatal families includes financial support, access to overnight accommodation, funding specialist equipment, providing hot drinks and snacks in the Unit, training for staff and so much more.
Thanks to generous funding from Archie supporters, Aberdeen Neonatal Unit boasts a variety of specialist equipment that goes way beyond “core” NHS provision. We also provide a range of “extras”, some big, some small, but all of which make a huge difference to babies and families.
Having a baby in the Neonatal Unit is, no matter the outcome, an emotionally challenging experience. Archie is here for parents, as well as for babies and staff and sometimes it is the smallest things that can make the biggest difference.
No one plans to be in the Neonatal Unit and arriving here can be disorientating. Click here to view our information sheet that will help you find your way during your visit.
We understand that having a baby born too sick or too soon can come as a shock to families and it can be difficult to process your emotions. Archie’s Counselling Service is available for Neonatal families and staff in the Unit. This service is delivered by May Gilchrist, a highly trained, experienced and fully accredited counsellor. Within a neonatal context the patient is the baby. May is here for the patient’s family – to listen and to help families (and staff) to work through the challenging situation, their reactions and emotions. You can request counselling support directly or by speaking with staff at Aberdeen Neonatal Unit.
Did you know? In 2022, May provided 159 hours of counselling support.
“Nobody can appreciate the highs and lows of the unit – the not knowing, the frustration, the emotional rollercoaster – until you have been through it.”