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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

The NICU provides specialist intensive and surgical care and is the only neurosurgical unit in the region.

We receive referrals for the most critically ill neonatal babies in the region and if necessary, from outside of region. The neonatal unit is specially designed and equipped to care for the sickest and most vulnerable babies, taking referrals from all over the region and occasionally beyond.

All expectant parents hope that their babies will be healthy. Yet sometimes problems arise that require a newborn to be admitted to the NICU for treatment. Being born prematurely, having a difficult delivery or antenatal concerns are all reasons a baby may be admitted to the NICU. 

It is always stressful when a baby is unexpectedly admitted to the NICU. The length of a baby’s stay on the NICU varies depending on each individual baby’s needs. We aim to support the family throughout their baby's stay and encourage parents to become involved in their baby's care. The doctors, nurses, and other caregivers in the unit will do their best to provide emotional support for you while caring for your infant's medical needs.

Information is provided on these web pages to help you as parents to understand some of the problems of sick and premature babies. You will also find out about some of the procedures that may be needed for the care of your baby. 

Once your baby is settled in the unit, they will receive care tailored to his or her specific needs. The nurse caring for your baby will be able to update you on their progress when you visit the unit or by telephone. You can telephone the unit at any time day or night. The medical staff will update you regularly on the condition of your baby.