Neonatal Unit

The Neonatal Unit is specially designed and equipped for babies needing extra medical and nursing care. Many babies come here because they are premature or unwell. The team consists of dedicated doctors and nurses working together to provide high quality, individual, family-centred care for all the babies on the Unit. The team supports developmental care, facilitated by positioning or swaddling the babies and minimising noise and lighting in the nurseries to allow maximum rest time.

We have a modern well-equipped neonatal unit which serves a maternity unit with over 5000 deliveries per year. The maternity unit has recently been accredited with Baby Friendly Level One. We are a Local Neonatal Unit within the North West London Operative Delivery Network with strong links to the regional Neonatal Intensive care Units at Queen Charlotte & Chelsea Hospital and Chelsea & Westminster Hospital.

The unit can provide full intensive neonatal care for babies of gestations more than 27 weeks gestation /800g and provides short-term stabilisation for in-house deliveries of extremely preterm babies born less than 27 weeks or extremely sick mature babies prior to transfer. The unit is commissioned to provide one Intensive Treatment Unit, three High Dependency Units and 12 Special Care cots but has physical space to admit 20 babies.

The team

The neonatal service currently has four substantive consultants that participate in a weekly attending rota covering the Neonatal Unit, Transitional Care, Labour Ward and the postnatal wards. 35 whole time equivalent trained nurses staff the unit with 5 nurses on Neonatal Unit, one nurse on Transitional Care Unit with funding now available for an additional Shift Co-ordinator. Funding has also been agreed for a part time Discharge Co-ordinator nursing role. Additional support staff include Healthcare Assistants, Nursery Nurses and administrative support. There are six Senior House Officers dedicated to the neonatal service. Ten middle grade staff rotate between the neonatal and general paediatric services.

The team oversee the care of babies born in the 10 bedded newly refurbished labour ward with its two labour ward theatres, the 22 bedded post-natal ward and a new six bed Transitional Care Unit. At present approximately 20 babies receive transitional care weekly from neonatal nurses whilst continuing to be cared for by their mothers.

Neonatal Unit
Katherine Ward (antenatal)
 

Visiting

Parents are welcome to visit at any time.  Other friends and relatives can visit from 3-7pm and must be accompanied by one of the baby’s parents.  Due to restricted space, we can only allow three visitors (including parents) by the baby’s cot side at a time.  We ask that on arrival to the unit everyone washes their hands before entering the nursery area. Winter visiting regulations apply as appropriate: please check with staff during the winter. 

Woman holding her newborn baby

Neonatal Unit
1st Floor
Maternity building
Hillingdon Hospital
Telephone: 01895 279447