Having a baby in neonatal care can be costly, and parents may have to take extended unpaid leave to be with their baby, or to look after siblings at home.

The cost of travel and buying meals can soon add up, especially for parents who live a great distance from the neonatal unit. We can help parents financially with travel or accommodation costs. Our financial support is available for parents who have a baby on the neonatal units at North Manchester and Royal Oldham Hospitals. Please speak to the nurse looking after your baby or the Spoons volunteers on the unit for more information.

Some NHS trusts offer free parking for parents of a baby in neonatal care and it is worth asking staff on your neonatal unit if this is available. Some NHS are also able to offer help with travel costs to those who are receipt of benefits. If in doubt always ask the staff to look into this for you.

There are also other agencies who can help financially if you have a baby in hospital. See some of the links below for further information.

Family Fund

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children

Citizens Advice