What to Expect When You Arrive
How to access the unit
Via security desk on level 1. Security will buzz you through the NNU doors
Who to talk to about your babies care
- Consultant on service
- Doctors on shift
- Nurse caring for your baby
- Nurse in charge of unit
- NNU Matron
Who to talk to if you have any concerns
- PALS – patient liaison service
- Matron NNU
- Nurse in charge of shift
Talking to the medical team
Your consultant will update within the first 24hrs of admission and you will recieve a daily update at any time with the medical/nursing team
Ward rounds commence at:
- 9am Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
- 10am after consultant to consultant handover on Monday and Friday
Baby Rest Time
We try to keep the unit quiet and the lighting dimmed throughout the day.
5 parent rooms.
4 baby and parents cubicles on low dependency unit.
Extra camp beds available for all parents who wish to stay.
Facilities for Parents
- Parent kitchen
- Parent day room
- The Retreat (parent relaxation room)
- Parent massage
- Free packed lunches for non-resident mothers
Facilities for Siblings
- Sibling Sessions
Breastfeeding facilities and support
- Infant feeding coordinator
- Breast feeding support staff based on NNU
- Speech and language staff
- Breast pump available in every cot space
- Breast pump hire (free) to mother’s at home.
- Parent Support Groups
Parents and Siblings
Parents and siblings have open visiting to the neonatal unit
Family and Friends
Family and friends are welcome to visit between 14.30 to 20.00
Up to two visitors can be by bedside at anyone time accompanied by one or both parents
No children under 16 unless sibling of baby or live in the same house as baby
Hygiene and Infection Prevention
It is important for parents and family to visit their babies but infection poses a great risk to a premature or sick baby.
If you are a parent and feel unwell you must enquire from the nurse looking after your baby if it is safe for you to visit.
No other visitors can visit if they are unwell.
If parents (or other visitors) have come in contact with anyone who has an infectious disease, for example chickenpox, measles, mumps it is very important that you talk to your baby's doctor about the risks this poses to yourself and your baby.
The decision to allow visiting will depend upon individual circumstances