Neonatal Services

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NNU baby“When my baby had to be unexpectedly delivered 13 weeks early, I dreaded going to see him, worried about what to expect. When I visited him for the first time I soon realised he would receive fantastic care from the unit staff.  The staff are so friendly and supportive and not only look after the babies, but the parents too. The care my son received is second to none and I couldn’t ask any more from the staff.”
Emily Cole mum of a baby born at 27 weeks gestation.


We provide care for babies >27 weeks gestation. The units are part of the Wessex Neonatal Network and Regional Neonatal Retrieval service. There are strong links with PrincessAnneHospital, Southampton General and PortsmouthHospitals. Babies requiring further specialist care e.g. for surgery, are transferred to Southampton, whilst babies with other problems such Cleft Lip and Palate require specialist advice which we are able to access.

Services include, 24-hour consultant paediatrician cover, excellent support for breast feeding, routine hearing and eye screening and professional therapist and pharmacy input.

Both units have accommodation for parents to stay with their baby in preparation for discharge.

We provide high quality care, with the lowest national mortality rates for units of this size, lower than national average MRSA rates, and high success rates of breast feeding at discharge.

Both units are friendly and caring, offering individualised care to each baby and family. We support parents in making choices for their baby by providing information and advice.

Consultant paediatricians undertake a daily ward round and are available to discuss each baby’s care with their parents. Parental input is valued and encouraged. We regularly audit aspects of our service and results are discussed so that appropriate changes can be made.

Neonatal Services are provided by an excellent team of dedicated doctors and nurses. We have a number of consultant paediatricians, three of whom take the lead in caring for preterm babies. We have a philosophy of developing our staff skills, through regular teaching sessions, local and national courses. Many of our senior staff have progressed from junior roles within the team. The unit is an integral part of paediatric services, with close links to the children’s wards (Northbrook Ward at RHCH and G2 at BNHH).





updated 11 September 2018

Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital Neonatal Unit

Is located on the ground floor in the Sherborne Building. The unit has 14 cots of which some are designated as intensive care cots.

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Royal Hampshire County Hospital Neonatal Unit

Is located in Florence Portal House, and provides a service to the labour ward, post natal ward (Geoffrey Hammond Ward) and Hampshire Hospitals birth centre. There are 12 cots which include two intensive care, two high dependency, and eight special care cots.

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