Your support for our Little Buds Fund provides the very best care for babies born at Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust. Through your generosity we can support staff to deliver the best possible care to expectant mums, and their new babies, meaning most of our babies can be treated close to home.

We aim to offer the best possible antenatal facilities through our new Foetal Assessment Unit and new Cardiotacograph equipment in Maternity. These monitor how a baby is progressing in the womb and enable us to detect, and possibly treat any issues picked up before birth. 

Improved technology, medical advances and improved nursing expertise, enables staff on Walnut Ward, our Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU), to care for babies born with wide-ranging problems.  This can include those born prematurely, unwell or with breathing difficulties.  Some may just need an initial helping hand by tube feeding or light therapy for jaundice. 

After a year where we’ve celebrated our hero’s we wanted to let our dads know just how special they all are & that to their babies & partners they truly are super hero’s! 


Pictured are a vest for our largest & smallest little buds & footprints of our current oldest (& smallest) baby & newest addition. 


As always it is with thanks to little buds that the staff are able to create such beautiful & unique items for the families on the unit & we are very grateful. 


We are currently raising money for:

  • vCreate Video messaging - parents of babies on Walnut Ward have been thrilled with the service which allows staff to record and send video messages of babies to their parents' secure account. They can access these video messages via smart phone, tablet or PC. The videos help keep parents reassured how baby is doing when they cannot be at the cot-side around the clock. To continue to use this valuable service for new parents we need to fundraise to pay for the licence each year.
  • Upgrade and expansion of SCBU - we are looking to increase the number of cots from 22 to 26. Currently there are approx. 500 admissions a year which is set to rise with the housing expansion in the local area. The upgrade will see the Unit advance from a level 1 to a level 2, meaning they will be able to care for babies from 27 weeks gestation rather than currently 31. Obviously this has all sorts of advantages not least of which is that babies stay near to their families and don’t need to be transferred.

You can help us raise funds to buy the latest life supporting equipment by:

Your contribution - big or small is very welcome!

All £1,000 donations will be acknowledged on our ‘wall of thanks.’