A WIRRAL hospital says it is running out of life-saving baby alarms because parents are not returning them.
The £600 alarms alert parents if their children have trouble breathing, and nurses at the children's out-patient department at Arrowe Park Hospital are appealing for their return.
The apnoea monitors are issued to parents of some premature babies and those who need oxygen both during their stay in hospital and during the early months of their lives. They alert parents to an emergency once they have taken their children home.
Staff say that, unfortunately, not all the alarms are returned to the hospital once they are no longer required.
Children's out-patient department manager, Carol Brocklesby, said: "Babies born prematurely or those with respiratory problems are given alarms when they go home and while they provide a 'lifeline' for their parents during the first few months, it is vital that they are returned when they're no longer needed.
"We have 35 alarms in total but usually only a handful actually on site, so when we have multiple births that may require two or three monitors to go out, our stock can be depleted very quickly."
* PARENTS who have loaned a monitor in the past and no longer require it should contact Carol Brocklesby on 0151 604 7039.