Listening to little hearts: Hugo Boss supports Blacktown Hospital’s neonatal care with infant stethoscope donation

Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD)’s Blacktown Hospital recently received a generous contribution of 28 infant stethoscopes to A61 Newborn Care Unit from Hugo Boss.

While stethoscopes are commonly used tools among healthcare professionals, these specialised infant stethoscopes offer exceptional acoustic sensitivity, enabling our staff to easily detect the heart and lung sounds of babies, both high and low frequency.

Lynette Kirby, a Paediatric Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, emphasised the significance of equipping neonatal staff with these high-quality stethoscopes. Due to the faster breathing and heart rates of babies compared to adults, the ability to hear any potential lung or heart issues is crucial.

“If we detect a heart murmur in a baby, we may need to conduct further investigations and refer them to a cardiology specialist at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead,” Lynette explained.

“We are grateful to Hugo Boss for their donation to purchase these stethoscopes which will be used by doctors, nurses and midwives, and are now available at every baby’s crib in Newborn Care at Blacktown Hospital.”

Hugo Boss selected Blacktown Hospital as the recipient of this donation as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility program. Adrian Kirby, the store manager at Hugo Boss, witnessed firsthand the dedication and hard work displayed by the Neonatal Team at Blacktown Hospital.

“Our last child was born in this unit, and I wanted to show our support to the hospital and the community it serves,” Adrian said.

Blacktown Hospital’s Newborn Care Unit provides specialised care for sick or prematurely born babies. Some of these infants require an extended stay at the hospital as they grow and develop until they are ready to go home with their families.

Donations for the Newborn Care Unit at Blacktown Hospital can be made through the Better Foundation. Established in 2016, The Better Foundation aims to raise funds and provide support for Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospitals.