The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and the Special Care Nursery (SCN) provide care for babies who need extra attention after birth.
Some reasons for staying in the NICU or SCU can include preterm birth, low birth weight, breathing difficulty, low blood sugar level, infection, birth trauma and some congenital abnormalities.
A specially trained team attend all high-risk births that anticipate difficulties or complications with the baby. Members of the NICU team may also meet with you to discuss what to expect after your baby is born.
We deliver our health services to babies and their families in an environment that is:
- developmentally appropriate
- family centred
- functional, safe and comfortable
- technologically up to date and able to meet future needs
Your time on the NICU ward
We understand that your baby’s stay on the ward can be an anxious and stressful time for you and your family. To ensure the safety of your baby and others at the NICU and SCN, we ask that you please follow the information and advice below.
- Hand washing up to the elbows and jewellery off is the most effective precaution you can take to prevent infection while caring for your baby.
- Please ask visitors to text or ring you on arrival so you can let them in with your Access Card and accompany them into the unit.
- Please limit visitors at the bedside to a parent and 2 other people. There is a maximum of 3 people at bedside at any one time.
- Children under 12 years other than your own are not allowed in the unit.
- Please prevent anyone with an infection from visiting.
- 1pm to 3pm is a ‘baby rest time’ that allows them to have a deep and undisturbed sleep. Parents only are allowed during this time.