Tameside General Hospital - Phototherapy Unit
UPDATE: This equipment was presented in 2010.
Tameside General Hospital in Ashton under Lyne is undergoing major redevelopment work as part of the Making It Better strategy for the whole of Greater Manchester. The main feature of this is a new, purpose-built children’s unit at the hospital which will contain all of the children’s services for the area in one place.
In preparation for the new build being completed in 2011 the children’s units and departments are updating their equipment ready to move into the new build.
Phototherapy Lamps provide intensive light treatment to newborn babies with jaundice. Jaundice is caused by a build-up of bilirubin in the blood, causing a yellow appearance. The lights break this down and lower the risk of more severe health complications. Up to 70% of pre-term babies develop jaundice, and in some cases need more than one lamp to receive effective treatment. By providing more lamps we can speed up the treatment given, allowing babies to be returned to their mother’s care more quickly.
Beneficiaries: Newborn babies suffering from jaundice.