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The Neonatal Unit

Updated 18 October 2016

Dr Jo Anderson Neonatal Lead

The neonatal unit is a purpose built facility completed in 1997 and is level 2 status, which is designated to care for high-dependency babies. The unit has 17 cots, including up to 4 for high-dependency and intensive care. There is en-suite accommodation on the unit to allow parents to stay with their baby hence facilitating discharge and 2 cubicles for infants requiring isolation.

There is a parents' room with play equipment for siblings and facilities for breast-feeding.

The unit supports approximately 4000 deliveries per year.

The unit has a highly experienced and trained nursing team.

The unit has three resident parents' bedrooms for use prior to discharge.

Referral pathway to Neonatal Unit

Bleep via switchboard: (SHO 836) or bleep 198 (middle grade doctor)

The unit accepts referrals from delivery suite, post-natal wards, midwives and transfers from tertiary units. Neonates of less than 28 weeks gestation or those requiring surgery or non-conventional and/or prolonged ventilation are stabilised before transfer to a Level 3 NICU. Infants who have been discharged home will generally be admitted to Children's Ward.