The neonatal service is based on Level 5 of the maternity block at the front of Northwick Park Hospital. The neonatal unit provides care for any babies born in the hospital who require extra help in the moments after birth. This includes babies who are born prematurely, babies who have difficulty in breathing and babies whose mothers might have been unwell during their pregnancy.
The newly refurbished neonatal unit has space for 28 babies in total, eight of whom might require intensive or high dependency care. It is staffed by doctors and nurses who are specially trained in the care of the newborn baby as well as therapists who help us make sure that the babies follow a normal pattern of development.
The doctors from the neonatal unit will also attend some deliveries on labour ward if there is any suggestion of a complication and will also perform a discharge examination on every baby before they leave the hospital.
The neonatal unit allows visiting for parents 24 hours a day but has restrictions on other visitors in order to prevent these fragile babies picking up infections and to keep the noise levels to a minimum.
The ward is managed by a modern matron – Mrs Gene Taylor and there are four full time consultants responsible for the care of the babies. Two of them are Dr Richard Nicholl and Dr Pramod Mainie.