Institute for Women's Health
Lead: Sophia Rokkas
The Neonatal Unit (NNU) has 14 intensive care/ high dependency cots, 15 special care cots, and 13 transitional care cots. This will further expand when the move into state of the art premises occurs in Autumn 2008. The cot dependencies are flexed within the unit to allow us to provide care to babies when they most need it.
The unit is a level 3 referral unit, accepting babies from both North Central London Perinatal Network and beyond, caring for acutely ill and extremely preterm babies, and is recognised as a centre of excellence.
Our survival rates demonstrate the quality of our care, and our comprehensive follow up programme shows that the long-term outcome for the babies is good.
We are committed to the principles of family centred care and individualised developmental care, and aim to encourage and empower parents during their time on NNU, so that they can care for their babies with confidence and enjoyment as soon as possible.
The transitional care unit allows mothers and babies to stay together whilst babies get the special care they require. This unit is used for babies with lower dependencies.
The Neonatal Service
The neonatal team provides a comprehensive service encompassing:
- Prenatal counselling for women with high-risk pregnancies and for women referred to FMU
- 24 hr paediatric cover for labour ward and the postnatal wards
- 24 hr in-patient service in a Level 3 neonatal unit, which serves at the Level 3 NNU for the NCL Perinatal network
- Pre and postoperative care of babies with cardiac and surgical conditions (transfer to GOSH for surgery)
- Outpatient clinics providing follow up and a consultative service for infants referred by their GP’s, health visitors, community paediatricians or midwives
In addition to consultant run and supervised general follow up clinics there are clinics for:
- Long term follow up clinic for babies of less than 1000g
- Chronic lung disease clinic
- Infant feeding clinic
- Infants of hepatitis B, C, HIV infected mothers, and infants of drug using mothers
- Babies with abnormal antenatal renal ultrasounds
- Babies with perinatal encephalopathy
- Siblings of infants who have died (CONI/CONI plus)
- Hearing screening and retinopathy services
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