Neonatal Intensive Care

Neonatal Intensive Care

We would love to welcome you to Derby Teaching Hospitals Neonatal Intensive care Unit, where as well as the Trusts excellent Preceptorship Programme, we also offer a Paediatric and Neonatal specific programme (dependent on your role on rotation or permanent NICU contract), recognising the importance of training to develop you in your role as a Neonatal Nurse.

As a service we care for neonates, from 26 weeks to 40+ week’s gestation, we have 24 cots with 7 allocated for intensive care & high dependency and 13 special care cots. We are classed as a large level 2 unit, caring for full range of intensive care neonates born too small, preterm and/ or sick through to lower dependant babies requiring simple feeding issues.

Babies requiring surgery are stabilised and transferred to the local tertiary Neonatal Unit and babies with Heart defects are transferred to the nearest Cardiac unit.  The unit is divided into 2 main areas, the Intensive Care & High Dependency Room and the Low Dependency Rooms. Our aim is to provide family centred care, offering support to all members of the family unit, whilst caring for their baby, we pride ourselves on having a spacious well supported unit, which ultimately benefits both staff and parents.

Preceptorship includes;

  • A dedicated preceptor to support you.
  • Supernumerary status for up to 4 weeks
  • Neonatal and Paediatric Professional Development nurses on hand to answer any queries
  • Specific study days to cover Neonatal related topics including;
    • Hypoglycaemia
    • Respiratory distress syndrome/ Chronic Lung Disease
    • Fluids and Feeds and observations
    • Neonatal Positioning
    • Breastfeeding
    • Neonatal Basic Life Support
    • Transport for the sick neonate (Transport team)

We offer 4 months placement as part of the paediatric rotation programme, this normally includes 3 of our areas, spending time in each of the three areas

  • Puffin Ward (medical and surgical 2-16 years)
  • Sunflower Ward (surgical)
  • NICU
  • Dolphin Ward (medical 0-2 years and HDU)
  • Children’s Emergency Department

If you are interested in joining our dynamic and innovative team, please register your interest on the main Preceptorship page and we will keep you informed of all relevant recruitment activities with the Paediatric Business Unit.

We look forward to hearing from you.

About Neonatal Intensive Care

The neonatal intensive care unit looks after premature and sick newborn babies, providing care in a purpose built specialist medical unit which opened in the Autumn of 2007.  Each year there around 400 admissions onto the unit.

The unit cares for premature babies from 26 weeks gestation as well as term babies with respiratory problems, congenital abnormalities, birth asphyxia, infections and other conditions which require special care.

Babies who require surgery are transferred to Queen’s Medical Centre, in Nottingham.

In total there are 57 nurses working on the unit, including 2 Family Care Co-ordinators. There are also 6 Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioners, 1 Professional Development Nurse,  14 Healthcare Assistants, 2 Modern Housekeepers  and 3 Receptionists.

Neonatal Family Care Co-ordinators provide advice and support to parents before and after discharge.

In 2015 the unit expanded opening a new four-bed unit, which increased the number of our cots to 24 from 20. This is used as a pre-discharge room, where the babies are up to 7 days away from discharge home.

The unit has its own fundraising group, Friends of the Baby Unit, which was formed in 1976 by Kate Repton. Since then, the group has raised more than £1.5 million for the unit. The money has helped pay for vital pieces of life-saving equipment, including an incubator, baby stethoscopes and light therapy mattresses to treat newborn jaundice.

What our patients say

“They kept me informed with all changes and my baby’s progress. They are all easy to talk to if you have any problems, they are there to talk and support you though your ups and downs on the unit.”

“Support, time, care, help, monitoring and care on myself and son were second to none.”