The new Tecotherm machine enables doctors and nurses to control the temperature of babies at risk of brain injury at birth and achieve target temperature within three hours.
The addition of the Tecotherm to SCBU is part of the Trust’s commitment to participating in the Time=Brain project.
Led by the South East Coast Operational Delivery Neonatal Network, the program aims to enhance the protection of babies’ brains where there is moderate or severe loss of function through the use of therapeutic hypothermia.
The Trust purchased the specialist piece of equipment thanks to the efforts of a team from Coutts in Guildford who raised £15,000, as part of a year-long fundraising effort.
This culminated in a 43 mile bike ride along the Downslink Railway from Guildford to Brighton.
Giezl Pulanco, Senior Sister and Manager of the Special Care Baby Unit, said: “The Tecotherm machine is an extremely vital piece of equipment, which could literally change the course of an infant’s life for the better.
“Around two babies born each month at Royal Surrey will benefit from this machine and research has shown that their clinical outcomes improve the sooner they receive treatment.
“We are extremely grateful to Coutts for their fantastic efforts, which will help us to give those babies who need it the best start possible.”
Wendy Johnson, from Coutts, added: “It is fantastic to see all our efforts have paid off and the Tecotherm machine has finally arrived at Royal Surrey.
“The bike ride was particularly challenging and saw three riders falling off along the way, but it has all been for a fantastic cause.”