Our neonatal services provide care for newborn babies who are either born prematurely or need treatment for a range of conditions.
Our dedicated, specialist skilled staff deliver a high quality approach to supporting neonates which includes surgery, high tech ventilation strategies such as nitric oxide, and high frequency and total body cooling.
Neonatal services are provided from both the Leicester Royal Infirmary (LRI) and Leicester General Hospital (LGH) and most staff work between the two on a fixed rota.
At the LRI:
- The purpose-built unit is lead centre for the Central Newborn Network (CNN)
- Capacity for 24 ITU/HDU cots and 12 special care cots
- Provides care for the sickest, most complex babies including gastro–intestinal and ENT surgical services.
At the LGH:
- 12 special care cots
- Focuses on providing care and support for families preparing to go home
- A strong emphasis on enabling parents to become confident in looking after their baby.
Playing an important role in supporting parents
We understand that parents are the most important people in a baby’s life, so all our staff play a key role in supporting parents at a time when they themselves are very anxious and stressed.
We were the first unit in the country to implement COPE – a programme designed to empower and support parents of preterm babies, giving them more confidence to take part in all aspects of their baby’s care.
About our teams
The nursing team of around 150 staff includes a matron, advanced neonatal nurse practitioners, nurses with and without specialist neonatal qualifications, and nursery specialists. Neonatal assistants also work with doctors on the hospitals’ wards to improve the quality of care for those babies who are not sick enough to be admitted to the service, but require some neonatal input.
There are nine consultants across the two sites with a team of 34 senior and medical junior staff. We also have specialist roles in outreach, education, play, bereavement support, family centred care, research and transport.
We encourage participation in audit and research and clinical governance is an important feature in family care.
Education, training and career development
All our staff have good access to education and training and are actively encouraged to undertake the post-registration specialist neonatal course. We also have a national reputation for the delivery of high fidelity neonatal simulation training sessions to all of our staff.
There is a strong ethos of lifelong learning from induction and preceptorship to succession planning, with opportunities to progress into more senior roles through the neonatal nursing career pathways.