British Olympic gold medallist Denise Lewis OBE opened a new state of the art £12.5 million Maternity and Newborn Centre at Homerton Hospital in East London featuring £4.8 million worth of equipment donated by Worldwide TOP Partner GE.
Commenting at the official opening of the unit Peter Foss, President Olympic Sponsorship and Corporate Sales, GE said:
“As a partner of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and a significant UK employer, GE is committed to helping London deliver a sustainable legacy. We decided to make this donation to Homerton Hospital because it is one of the designated London 2012 hospitals. We chose to focus on Maternal and Newborn care to address a major local issue - infant mortality. We hope this will help to create a brighter future for the people of East London for generations to come.”
Denise Lewis OBE added: “As a mother and an Olympian, I think it is great news to see such an investment in the improvement of maternal and infant care in the area. This will be a great legacy for the people of East London”
Homerton Hospital Chief Executive Nancy Hallett said:
"Homerton is very proud of its great service for mums, dads and babies. And this wonderful Olympic gesture from GE will help us deliver even better quality care.
“The new hi-tech facilities will help all the babies born at Homerton, especially those who need special care - who knows, maybe one of them will be a medal winner in years to come and fulfil that Olympic legacy.”
GE has delivered a range of equipment to the unit that will provide clinicians with some of the very latest, most advanced technology to improve patient outcomes. This includes a £1m MRI scanner, new advanced technology high-resolution ultrasound units, foetal monitoring systems, neonatal x-ray units, and top-of-the-range Giraffe incubators complete with radiant warmers and phototherapy lights which help to reduce the amount of unnecessary handling of very low weight premature babies.