The Neonatal Unit is a 26-cot regional tertiary unit serving Hull, East Yorkshire and the Yorkshire and Humber region.
The unit consists of 5 intensive care cots, 7 high dependency cots and 14 special care cots. Admissions to NICU are babies who are either preterm or require some level of care following birth. These babies are either born at the Women and Children’s hospital or transferred from other units due to the level of care they require.
The decision to separate mother from her newborn baby is an important one and is not undertaken lightly. The following babies will be admitted to the neonatal unit:
- Babies < 35 weeks gestation
- Babies with a birth weight < 1.8 Kg
- Babies requiring medical investigation, treatment or nursing care for unexpected conditions e.g. hypoglycaemia, respiratory distress, possible sepsis, jaundice requiring double phototherapy
- Babies with a known antenatal condition or congenital abnormality where additional monitoring or nursing care is anticipated e.g. Rhesus incompatibility, Pierre robin syndrome, some congenital heart disease
- Babies requiring observation for neonatal abstinence syndrome (except babies born to mothers who are stable within a methadone programme as assessed by the MDT AND who are on < 30mls/day of methadone)
- Babies born to insulin dependant diabetic mothers (gestational or pre existing diabetes)
- Babies transferred back from other hospitals for ongoing medical or nursing care (ideally admitted into isolation until MRSA swabs proved negative)
There are two double bedrooms with en-suite facilities available for parents to be resident along with a sitting room fully equipped with wide screen TV, fridge and microwave. There are also 2 bedrooms for parents to stay with their baby in the special care area.
The Neonatal Unit is in the Women and Children’s Hospital (second floor) on the Hull Royal Infirmary Site.
For any more information please contact:
- Amanda Ward
Tel: 01482 674391