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 week 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 55 nurses working on the unit, including family care co-ordinators. There are also 14 Healthcare Assistants, two modern housekeepers and three 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 increases the number of our cots to 24 from 20. This is used as a pre-discharge room, where parents will stay with their children before leaving for home, learning from staff how to treat their newborns when they return 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.”