Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)

The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in Southampton provides specialist care to sick term and pre-term (premature) new born babies. The NICU is located at the Princess Anne Hospital and has 37 cots: 23 intensive/dependency cots and 14 special care cots.

The purpose-built unit, which was refurnished in 2006, has been specially designed as a bright, welcoming and spacious environment for babies and their families.

It is one of the largest neonatal units in the county treating around 750 babies a year and caring for the sickest babies from within Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight. Babies needing medical, surgical, cardiac and paediatric specialist care come to the unit from neonatal units across the south. Southampton neonatal unit operates as part of the Thames Valley and Wessex Congenital Heart Disease Network.

Working as a network allows staff to share knowledge and skills. The network also means that babies and their families across the south have access to the specialist care they need. The network provides all levels of care across 14 units hosted by 13 trusts in local areas.

These units range from special care units (SCU) through to neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). The idea is to ensure that all babies have the care they need in an appropriately designated neonatal unit as close to home as possible.