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We were honoured to help celebrate RPA hospital’s 50th-anniversary party at Camperdown Commons, in appreciation for their afforts in providing high quality neonatal care to countless families.

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Approximately 150 staff members of the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital’s Newborn Care Unit gathered at the beautiful location of Camperdown Commons. They were joined by families of premature babies who have been helped by the unit for over half a century of its existence. All the guests were greeted with champagne and a selection of canapes on arrival. They also enjoyed a sumptuous three-course meal in a beautiful restaurant surrounded by the open grounds and kitchen gardens of this much-loved inner-west community venue. In store for them that evening was also a power-packed live performance given by a group of Latin dancers.  

“Last November we turned 50 – a fabulous and monumental achievement! Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 restrictions and the challenges faced by our profession, we weren’t able to gather and mark this special achievement,” said Head of Department, Dr Mark Greenhalgh. He continued, “After a few difficult years, the celebration will be timely, and we were looking forward to it. The support of Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL in making this event possible is very much appreciated”. 

Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club Group CEO Dean Thomas said the ‘Thank you for your service’ celebration came at a time when healthcare workers were most under pressure and the club was proud to be a major supporter behind this special event. The event was a sign of appreciation for all those people who have contributed to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Nursery over the years and was more than happy to host the event.  

“We are also celebrating our club’s anniversary this year, our 75th, and what better way to mark the event than sharing it with a most deserving healthcare unit that has helped countless struggling babies and their families for more than 50 years.”  

Each year, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital’s Newborn Care Unit in Camperdown looks after more than 900 tiny patients, some babies as young as 23 weeks and weighing less than 500 grams, in its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Nursery. It also looks after these babies’ parents and families too. 

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