The Neonatal Unit is on the ground floor in the Maternity
building. Transitional care is located on the Post Natal ward on
the 1st Floor.
Access to the Unit is via an intercom which will be activated
when a member of staff has checked who you are and who you have
come to see.
We have open visiting for parents and baby's own brothers and
sisters. Other relatives and friends (over 16yrs of age) may visit
at designated visiting times (see notices) but must always be
escorted by one of the baby's parents. There is a restriction
of no more than two people at the cot/incubator at one time and one
should be a parent. Any problems or special requests can be
discussed with the shift leader or ward manager.at present there is
a restriction on siblings due to the measles outbreak and therefore
the child health record must be shown to the shift leader to verify
the sibling's inoculation programme.
Mums may need to use the lift or be escorted by a midwife on
The unit is very warm and humid so it is advisable to wear light
clothing while visiting.
Babies are vulnerable to infection and staff on the unit will
discuss this with you on your first visit.
We ask that all visitors are vigilant with hand-washing and
applying alcohol gel when they come into the nursery.
Only parents should touch and cuddle their baby, minimising the
risk of infection. Prior to handling your baby you should wash you
hands and remove any watches, wrist jewellery and rings with
Outdoor clothing must not be worn within the nurseries. Hooks
for coats etc are provided just inside the unit. Remember not to
leave any valuables in the pockets.
You or any potential visitors should not to visit if you feel
unwell or have a cough/cold or diarrhoea/vomiting. If you are
unsure please phone and check with the nurse looking after your
For your baby's safety, a security system is in operation on the
Neonatal Unit as well as throughout the Maternity Wing. We are able
to screen visitors prior to them gaining access to the unit and in
this way we can prevent any unauthorised/unwelcome visitors.
Anyone seeking access to the Neonatal Unit will be asked to wait
until a member of staff has identified them.
All hospital staff wear an identification badge at all
Please be aware of your own personal belongings at all times and
do not leave them unattended.
Please alert a member of staff if you see or hear anything
suspicious that concerns you. Your baby's safety is paramount:
please help us to help you. The Trust will not tolerate acts of
violence or verbal abuse to its staff anyone who displays such
behaviour will be asked to leave.