The Derby Neonatal Unit

Special care for Babies had existed at the ‘Nightingale Maternity Home’ in Derby since 1947, but in 1973 the new modern ‘SPECIAL CARE BABY UNIT’ (SCBU ) was set up at the Derby City Hospital.

Since then the Neonatal Unit has had two more homes during the building of the new super hospital – The Royal Derby Hospital.

The present one is much improved allowing more space for family to see their baby, also the atmosphere is wonderfully calm with the new lighting.
Recently they have increased to 24 cots.

This Unit cares for premature and sick new-born babies, providing care in a purpose built neo-natal specialist medical unit which opened in the Autumn of 2007. In 2007 we supported 250 babies which has now increased to 425 babies in the current year

This is one of the 6 bays in the Unit. You can see the incubator, monitoring equipment and a CPAP breathing machine by the window. The amount of equipment is vast and it is very expensive, it is always evolving so there is always a need to improve the already high level of care.


WHAT HAPPENS IN THE NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit)

Intensive care
Low parent interaction
High dependency Unit
Moderate parent interaction
The Nursery
High degree of parent involvement
Discharge room
Ready for home care
NICU is a secure unit, all visitors have to use an intercom to enter and leave. As this was a purpose built unit there has been much thought into what was needed. 

 There are dedicated private rooms for mothers to express milk, parent bedrooms for parents to stop in with their baby prior to going home to help adjust, it can be very daunting especially if the baby is still requiring oxygen. 

There are also quiet rooms available which are useful for meetings between parents and doctors. The intensive care area is spacious which allows for privacy.

How you can help us

We’re grateful for any level of support that you can offer to us. We work very hard to support the Neonatal unit in the critical job of saving lives and every penny makes an enormous difference. Here are a few ways you can support us.

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