Sunderland Royal Hospital's Neonatal Unit cares for new born babies too poorly to go home. Our compassionate team are renowned for their exceptional care of some of the most vulnerable babies in the North of England.
The neonatal unit is part of the Paediatric Department.
Around 1 in 10 new born babies need specialist support, with
approximately 2% of those babies requiring intensive care. This is to help
mature organ systems or recover from illness. The Neonatal Unit is able to
care for up to 24 babies at a time between 12 special care cots, 8
intensive/high dependency care cots, 2 mother and baby rooms and 2 isolation cubicles.
The unit’s philosophy of care is to provide the highest standard of neonatal care in a family orientated environment. Each and every baby is treated as an individual with unique needs, and we include the emotional and social needs of all babies into our care to support their development and recovery.
The purpose built unit was opened in 2000 and is run by specialist doctors, nurses and nurse practitioners. Many of our staff have worked here much of their career, which many parents feel makes the unit like a little community during their baby’s recovery. Many of the unit’s nurses have completed university accredited courses in neonatal care.
Parents are encouraged to visit at all times and as often as possible. The unit operates 3 visitors per baby maximum rule, one of which must always be a parent.
The unfamiliar activity and noise of monitors, ventilators and the sight of premature and sickly babies can be distressing at first – parents may feel anxious on their initial visit to the unit. Remember the unit’s compassionate, experienced staffs are always on hand to answer questions and alieve distress wherever possible.
Neonatal unit 0191 5656256 extension 42153
The Neonatal Unit is located on D level of Sunderland Royal Hospital’s Chester Wing. It is most easily reached from Chester Road, through the Maternity Block entrance on the right of Chester Road Outpatients Entrance 5.
Divisional General Manager Jacquie Burlison
Directorate Manager Joanna Clarkson
Clinical Director Dr Geoff Lawson
Unit Manager Kristina Simmons
Clinical Lead Dr Majd Abu Harb