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The Neonatal Unit cares for sick and/or premature babies.

There are neonatal units at Frimley Park and Wexham Park hospitals.

The Neonatal Unit (NNU) at Frimley Park has 16 cots and is part of the Kent, Surrey and Sussex perinatal network.

We are a Local Neonatal Unit and now accept babies from 27 + 6 weeks gestation and above.

We have two intensive care, six high dependency and eight special care cots and are accredited at WHO Level 3 baby friendly status.

We have access to a 24 hour neonatal transport team for babies who require transfer to tertiary centres for extreme prematurity, surgery and cardiac referral.

The Neonatal Unit has a 24 hour visiting policy for parents, grandparents and siblings. There is a limit of two visitors to the baby's cot side (excluding siblings). All visitors must be accompanied by at least one parent. Friends and relatives may visit between the hours of 3 and 5pm. We have 'quiet time' on the unit between 12 and 2pm when no visitors are allowed except mothers who are feeding their babies.

Please keep siblings at home if they have a cough, cold or sore throat in order to reduce the risk of infection on the unit.

Parents are able to be present during ward rounds in the morning and are asked to use headphones when their own baby is not being discussed on the round in order to protect patient confidentiality.
Our aim is to deliver family centred care and encourage parents to be involved in all aspects of their babies care during their stay on the NNU.

Specialist nurses

Jennifer Lomas    Clinical matron
Louise Boswell    Advanced neonatal nurse practitioner
Geraldine Banfield    Practice development sister
Elizabeth Thomas    Neonatal outreach sister

Outpatient clinics are offered at:

Wexham Park Hospital, Slough
Heatherwood hospital, Ascot
St Mark’s Hospital, Maidenhead
King Edward VII Hospital in Windsor

We provide neonatal community nurse services, joint community clinics with social workers plus bi-monthly coffee mornings for ex-patients to gain feedback and offer support.

Treatments and procedures offered

The Unit offers Intensive care – i.e. Ventilatory, CPAP, Oxygen (Respiratory Support), Nutrition (special feeds which can be given to very tiny babies to provide optimal growth) which is given through a vein as baby unable to tolerate milk feeds.

Clinical staff

Our Neonatal service is provided by Neonatal Consultants and Paediatric Consultants, with input from Specialist Consultants in respiratory, cardiovascular, metabolic, neurological, and urological care.

We have our own specialist trained neonatal nurses and 2 community nurses who follow up with patients following discharge. For further ongoing requirements there is a Paediatric Community Team.

How to find us

The Neonatal Unit is best approached via Entrance 4 of Wexham Park Hospital. The Unit is on the ground floor, adjacent to the Labour Ward.

How to contact us

01753 634533
01753 633148.

Type of Service

We are principally an inpatient service with 28 beds; four for Intensive Care patients, four for Higher Dependency Patients and 20 Special Care cots, plus four double parent rooms.

Patients with surgical or cardiac problems are normally referred to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, or Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

Further information for patients

We encourage breast-feeding and have a breast pump room on the unit for mums to express.

We offer family-centred care, involving patients in decision making in the care of their babies.

Visiting time is from 4pm to 7pm. Parents can visit at any time; we offer a parents' rest room with microwave and a fridge.

We offer copies of the BLISS Booklets for preterm infants (accessed through www.bliss.org.uk/publications page), we also have a Welcome to the Unit booklet and parent phone-link. Also we offer a directory of conditions affecting neonates, hand-outs on jaundice and we comply with the baby-friendly initiative for breast-feeding.

Useful websites

www.neonatal.net

BLISS, the special care baby charity, provides vital support and care to premature and sick babies across the UK-http://bliss.org.uk

 Multiple births foundation - www.multiplebirths.org

Parent line plus, for anyone who is a parent to a child -www.parentlineplus.org.uk

Support contact - www.premature-babies.co.uk

Action on Pre-Eclampsia - www.apec.org.uk

www.fathers.direct.com

Breastfeeding – www.breastfeeding.nhs.uk

Stillbirth and Neonatal death Society (SANDS) – www.uk-sands.org

Click here to find out about parents experience of the Special Care Baby Unit