The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) consists of 20 intensive care beds and 14 Special Care Nursery (SCN) beds and admits up to 800 patients per year. The NICU provides intensive care for newborns across the ACT and surrounding regions of NSW. A multi-disciplinary team of nurses, doctors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologist, social workers and auxiliary staff provide holistic care for all babies in the NICU. Our mission is to provide optimum care for all babies.
Babies may be admitted the NICU or SCU for many reasons. These may include preterm birth, low birth weight, breathing difficulty, low blood sugar level, infection, birthing complications and some congenital abnormalities. A specially trained team are available at all times to provide direct patient care and attend all high-risk births.
There are a number of other nurseries in the ACT and NSW that can provide high quality care to newborns and their families. Once babies admitted to the NICU no longer need intensive care support, they are often transferred to other special care nurseries (Calvary Bruce, Calvary John James, Queanbeyan or hospitals in regional NSW).