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SSNAP

Support for the Sick New Born and their Parents

SSNAP is an Oxford-based charity that provides support for sick and premature babies in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit, a Centre of Excellence in Neonatal Care, at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. Oxfordshire newborns and many babies from across the Thames Valley region are transferred to the unit if specialist medical care is needed after they are born.

SSNAP was formed in 1982 by a group of parents who recognised the need to assist with fundraising for additional resources for the Neonatal Unit or SCBU as it was then called. Chris Horn, managing director at New Technology CADCAM, has had first hand experience of the support offered by SSNAP when one of his twin daughters was taken ill shortly after birth. As a result Chris had no hesitation in agreeing when asked if he would become a director of the charity.

Dr Eleri Adams, clinical director at SSNAP, heads a team of 10 Doctors, matron and over 140 specially trained neonatal nurses and medical staff who are working day and night to ensure that the babies receive the highest level of care. The charity also provides vital parental and wider family support at what can be a very distressing time and for as long as is required. The charity’s head office, just inside the main Maternity entrance at the hospital, is a safe haven for parents who would like some help.

Support for the Charity

SSNAP do not receive any government or NHS funding and rely totally on the generosity of the local community to support their work. It costs over £100,000 to fully equip an intensive care cot.

If you would like to support SSNAP as your Charity for the year or set up some fundraising events within your organisation, please contact Julie Da Silva Moore, Manager, SSNAP who will be happy to arrange an initial visit and presentation.

Contact Julie Da Silva Moore

Tel/Fax: 01865 221359

Email: ssnap@ouh.nhs.uk