Newborn care unit (NCU)

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Oxford newborn care unit (neonatal unit) at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford

The newborn care unit (NCU) at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford provides specialist medical and surgical care for babies across the Thames Valley and Wessex Congenital Heart Disease Network and has a specialist transport team to pick up sick babies from partner hospitals.

All expectant parents hope their babies will be healthy but sometimes problems arise, such a premature birth, a difficult delivery or antenatal concerns which require admission for treatment.

It can be very stressful when babies are admitted to newborn care. The doctors, nurses, support workers, social worker, clinical psychologist and other professionals on the unit do their best to support parents and their involvement in the care of their baby is encouraged.

Once babies have settled in, they receive care tailored to their specific needs. Clinicians update parents regularly on the condition of their babies and nurses caring for babies on any shift will update parents on their child’s immediate progress. Parents are able to visit or phone the unit at any time, day or night.

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