All parents hope that their babies will be healthy. However, sometimes newborn babies need to be admitted to the Neonatal Unit for observation or treatment. This may be due to being born prematurely, having a difficult delivery or antenatal concerns. We understand that this is a stressful time for families and we aim to support families throughout their baby's stay and encourage parents to become involved in their baby's care.
Over 270 newborn babies are admitted to our unit each year. We work closely with the maternity department to provide a friendly, supportive perinatal service for pregnant women and their babies. We provide short term intensive care, high dependency care and special care for babies within the North West Neonatal Network.
Babies less than 27 weeks gestation or very sick babies will need to be transferred to a tertiary neonatal unit which can provide longer term intensive care or more specialised care, such as surgery. If a baby needs to move to another hospital, the Northwest Neonatal Transport Service provide a dedicated service for this.
We aim to keep babies with their mothers wherever possible and work closely with the postnatal ward to provide a Transitional Care facility. We also have a Neonatal Outreach team of community nursing staff to facilitate safe early discharge home.
NNU telephone numbers are: 0161 922 6079 / 0161 922 6189