Supporting over 800 vulnerable babies and their families each year, the Tiny Lives Trust is the independent charity that supports the Neonatal Unit (Ward 35) at the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI), Newcastle upon Tyne.
Having a premature or sick baby can be one of the most difficult and life changing challenges a family experience. Tiny Lives is here to help ensure the best possible outcomes for babies and their families throughout their neonatal journey.
The Newcastle Neonatal Service based at Ward 35 is a level 3 unit and contains both neonatal intensive care and special care facilities. As the Regional Centre of Excellence, the unit looks after babies from across the North East and Cumbria. Babies are often transferred to the RVI from other hospitals in the Northern Neonatal Network, which stretches from the borders of Cumbria and Northumberland into North Yorkshire and as far south as Northallerton.
Our aims are:
Tiny Lives aims to support the neonatal service in providing the highest quality of care by funding a range of facilities and services, staff posts, training, research and equipment, including:
We also provide support to families once they have left the care of the neonatal unit through various initiatives including: