What to Expect When You Arrive
How to access the unit
When parking in the Princess Anne Wing car park go up the corridor and the Neonatal Unit is your left hand side
Who to talk to about your babies care
You will be met by a member of the Neonatal team who will take you through to your baby and the nurse caring for your baby will give you an up to date explanation of your baby’s care and condition
Who to talk to if you have any concerns
If you were to have any concerns during your baby’s stay on the neonatal unit please speak to the nurse in charge
Talking to the medical team
The medical team are available for you to talk to every morning but if this were not to be convenient an appointment can be arranged for you to meet your baby’s consultant
Ward rounds happen every morning starting at approximately 9am
Baby Rest Time
We try to encourage a quiet time for the babies when we try to reduce the noise and light even further and minimise any procedures required
We have four ensuite flats available to parents. These are allocated to parents who are preparing to take their babies home but if any flats are available we allocate them to parents who wish to stay.
We have a parents coffee room which has a microwave and tea and coffee making facilities
Facilities for Siblings
We have a play room available for siblings this is not supervised and the siblings remain the responsibility of the parents
Breastfeeding facilities and support
We have a private room available for mothers to express in and there are peer support workers and feeding advisors available to support mothers whilst breast feeding. Baby Friendly Accrediated.
Telephone and Computer Access
Parents are encouraged not to talk on their mobile phone in the clinical area where possible.
Free wifi on the unit.
No computer access.
Parent Support Groups
Access to support from clinical psychologist
Parent support group bi weekly
Parents and Siblings
There is open access for parents and siblings. Siblings must be supervised at all times.
You may have 4 visitors in total for each family at any one time
Family and Friends
Open visiting for friends and family however, all visitors must be accompanied by a parent.
You may have 4 visitors in total for each family at any one time. No school age children (apart from siblings) will be allowed to visit. The reason for this is to reduce the risk of infection and to ensure that you and other families have space and privacy on the unit. For reasons of confidentiality we ask visitors not to look at or go into other baby/family spaces.
This policy may need to change at our discretion.
You may have 4 visitors in total for each family at any one time.
No school age children (apart from siblings) will be allowed to visit. The reason for this is to reduce the risk of infection and to ensure that you and other families have space and privacy on the unit. For reasons of confidentiality we ask visitors not to look at or go into other baby/family spaces.
Hygiene and Infection Prevention
We have a strict hand washing policy to prevent any of our vulnerable baby’s from getting an infection. Hands must be washed before coming on to the unit.
Meet the Team
Consultant Responsible for NICU
Head of Nursing/Matron
Matron: Fern Jameson
Nurse Consultant: Jo Hodson
Lead nurse role shared by band 7 sisters: Kirstie Flood; Helen Peters; Claire Ashton; Tanya Schokman; Angie Walker
- Advanced Neonatal Nurse practitioners (ANNP)
- Nursing sisters
- Staff Nurses
- Nursery nurses
- Ward Clerk
- Ophthalmologists - specialist eye doctors. Eye screening occurs weekly on the Neonatal Unit and is coordinated by a dedicated member of staff to ensure appropriate screening is carried out with minimal disruption to the babies. Only some of our babies require this service.
- pharmacists – specialists in medicines
- radiographers - perform the x-rays and some of the scans
- audiology technicians - test your baby's hearing before you go home
- Paediatric dieticians – assess your baby’s growth and advise on any special requirements
- S.A.L.T- Speech and Language therapists are specialists in assessing and supporting babies to safely and effectively establish oral feeding.
- Clinical psychologists - will provide emotional support. They also run the parents support groups.
- Chaplin service - a Chaplin visits regularly. If you wish to see a Chaplin/religious leader please let the staff know and they will arrange a visit.
- Social worker.
- Physiotherapist - provides early assessment and advice for babies at risk of development problems
- Occupational therapist - offer / teach , research based early interventions that the parents can be practicing to optimise their child's development