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Sick babies' parents face hospital costs

The parents of premature and sick babies face crippling costs such as hospital parking charges and needing to buy food on-site, according to a new poll.

Parents spend £2256 during their baby's stay in hospital - an average of £282 per week. Food and drink costs around £53 a week, while travel costs including petrol and parking average more than £100 per week.

Two-thirds of more than 1300 parents questioned by premature babies' charity Bliss, from 78 hospitals in Scotland, England and Wales, felt their mental health got worse due to cost pressures. And three-quarters said their household finances deteriorated.

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