Baby boy: Helpline is established

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A HELPLINE has been set up to support those who have been affected by the news that a newborn baby boy was left at Jersey’s General Hospital.

A CCTV still from near the hospital of two women the police would like to speak to in connection with the discovery of the baby

And Jersey’s Primary Care Body for GPs has now appealed to the mother to come forward, saying there would be no charge for an appointment for someone in such a situation.

A major investigation has been launched following the discovery of the boy, who was believed to have been no more than half an hour old when he was left, and health officials have called for the mother to come forward, as she could be at risk of suffering complications.

And now a helpline has been set up for Islanders who have been emotionally affected by the news. The helpline – 444553 – is open to calls from 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday. Outside those hours callers will receive information about contacting the Samaritans.

A dedicated 24-hour phone line has already been set up for the mother as well as her family and friends to contact a midwife directly on 07797 710885, while anyone with information about the mother is asked to call 07797 920322.

Cheryl Power, interim director of specialist services for Health and Social Services, said: ‘The amount of social media activity has shown how this news has affected Islanders. The official posts have reached an unprecedented number of people, and the comments left show just how compassionate people are for both mother’s and baby’s situation.

‘People have wanted to get involved and, while we are not in a position to accept donations, we are very grateful to everyone who has offered them. The baby boy is doing well and we are planning for his long-term future, which requires careful consideration about how he is helped, and the questions that he will naturally ask in a few years’ time. While we are very keen for his mother to come forward, we must think about him.’

CCTV footage has been released by the police of two women – one carrying the baby – walking from the direction of Parade Gardens towards the Hospital.

Krysta Eaves

By Krysta Eaves

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