Michael Dugher MP ftinyheartsor Barnsley East paid a familiarisation visit to Barnsley Hospital on Friday 3 October and announced his support for the Hospital Charity’s Tiny Hearts Appeal.

The Appeal, created by Barnsley Hospital Charity, aims to raise £1 million to help build a brand new, special care baby unit to provide life-giving support the hospital’s most vulnerable babies.

The new unit will be designed and built around the needs of the babies and their families. State-of-the-art equipment will be provided to enable the Special Care Baby Unit team to continue their fantastic care and enhance their capabilities. The unit will sit on the same level as the Barnsley Birthing Centre, which means that the babies will not have to be exposed to different environments and temperature changes.

Escorted by Chair Steve Wragg and the Trust’s CEO Diane Wake, the MP toured the Trust’s Barnsley Birthing Centre, the Special Care Baby Unit, the Acute Medical Unit and the new Automated Inpatient Pharmacy.

Chaiman Steve Wragg said: “The visit was a great opportunity to showcase what we do at Barnsley Hospital. Our fantastic staff welcomed Michael and showed him the tireless work that they do every single day.  Michael’s visit also gives a much appreciated boost to our Tiny Hearts appeal.”

Michael Dugher said of his visit to Barnsley Hospital “It was humbling to visit Barnsley Hospital today and to see the brilliant care, professionalism and hard work performed by our wonderfully dedicated NHS staff.  The new birthing unit there is first class, as are so many services at the hospital.


“I was also happy to give my wholehearted backing to the Tiny Hearts Appeal it its aim to raise £1 million for a new Special Care Baby unit. It’s a great cause and I’m sure Barnsley folk will support it all the way”.

For more information about the appeal and any of the fundraising activities, please contact  either katiecartwright@nhs.net or tanyaoates@nhs.net or call 01226 431915.