Mums and families at the heart of everything we do.

Special Care Baby and Neonatal Service

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Neonatal Service

Staff working within our Neonatal Service are very aware that if your baby requires specialist care, it can be a very anxious time for you and your family.

Our staff are trained specifically for caring for babies who are born early or are unwell following delivery.

Our two neonatal units at Morecambe Bay form part of the Neonatal Network of Lancashire and South Cumbria:

Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) at Furness General Hospital - 01229 403653

Neonatal Unit (NNU) at Royal Lancaster Infirmary - 01524 583810

How can I be involved?

It is acknowledged that you, as parents, have a vital role to play in caring for your baby and as such we strive to ensure that you are informed and involved as much as possible. We subscribe to the philosophy of family centred care which means we will always put your baby, you and your family at the centre of the care you receive.

Your baby will thrive being as close as possible to you and because of this, skin to skin contact is actively encouraged for all babies who need extra care after birth. We recognise and value the importance attached to the love and care that only you can give.

Everyone knows that breast milk is best. When a baby is born early or is unwell, this becomes even more important. Rethinking a decision not to breast feed can be discussed with your midwife who will support you in providing the best nutrition known for early or unwell babies.

Can I stay with my baby?

There is an open access policy for mums and parents which means that you are free to see your baby at any time.

You will be supported in staying with your baby for long periods including overnight dependent on the availability of facilities.

What if my baby needs further support?

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If your baby needs further support they will be stabilised and then transferred within the Neonatal Network of Lancashire and South Cumbria.

Your baby may be transferred to the Regional Tertiary Unit at either the specialist centres at the Royal Preston Hospital or Burnley General Hospital.

Babies who need transferring are done so safely via STaRS (Safe Transfer and Retrieval Service).

Babies are transferred back to one of Morecambe Bay’s units as soon as it is safe to do so.

When will I be able to take my baby home?

Your baby’s named midwife will work with you to formulate a plan for you baby’s discharge home.

This ensures that you are happy and confident to take your baby home when the time is right.

We assess whether your baby is clinically well enough to go home in a number of ways, including whether he or she is healthy and thriving, keeping warm and feeding well enough to sustain weight gain.

What support is there for taking my baby home?

When your baby is ready to go home, he or she might still be quite small.

We understand that you may be anxious at first, and we will work closely with you before discharge to help minimise these feelings.

All parents who have their baby admitted to a specialist care unit are offered a referral to your local children’s centre.

You will be encouraged to link with your local children’s centre so that you can have access to early additional support. Your Health Visitor will already be aware that your baby is ready for home and you may well have already been introduced.

See below for more information on each individual unit.

Neonatal Unit at Royal Lancaster Infirmary

The Neonatal Unit (NNU) is located on the ground floor of the Women's Unit.
We provide ten cots for infants requiring extra support for preterm delivery or illness evident shortly following delivery.
 
We have capacity for one infant requiring intensive care and 2 infants with high dependency needs. All babies are cared for by a team of specially trained doctors and nurses who provide a warm, calm and comfortable environment.
 
Babies who are born before the 32nd week of pregnancy or any baby whose specialist needs cannot be provided by the Special Care Baby Unit will be considered for transfer.  
 
An appropriate cot will be identified at Lancaster or one of the neonatal Intensive care units at Royal Preston Hospital or Burnley General Hospital.  If a baby needs surgical care a cot will be identified at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital or Central Manchester Hospitals.  Transfers will be co-ordinated by the dedicated Neonatal Transfer services.
 
Babies will be transferred back from the Neonatal Intensive care units to the unit most appropriate for the baby’s needs. In some instances this will mean babies are cared for on the Local Neonatal Unit at Lancaster prior to transfer back to SCBU in Barrow in Furness.

Special Care Baby Unit at Furness General Hospital

The Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) is located on the ground floor of the hospital (Level 4), and it is next to the Maternity Ward.
 
There is a designated entrance for the Maternity Unit to the left of the entrance to the Emergency Department.
 
Mums whose babies are resident on SCBU can gain access to SCBU through a dedicated entrance within the Maternity Ward. The unit has been designed to accommodate the mum’s bed to enable early access following delivery.
 
The SCBU at Furness General Hospital provides four cots for infants requiring extra support following delivery; for babies born early (preterm) or for those that develop illnesses shortly after birth. There are also two transitional care cots situated on the Maternity Ward so that babies who need a little additional support with feeding or keeping warm may stay with their mothers and still have this specialist care provided.
 
A stabilisation facility is available on SCBU for babies requiring intensive care whilst being stabilised in preparation for transfer.  
 
Babies who are born before the 32nd week of pregnancy or any baby whose specialist needs cannot be provided by the Special Care Baby Unit will be considered for transfer.  
 
An appropriate cot will be identified at Lancaster or one of the neonatal Intensive care units at Royal Preston Hospital or Burnley General Hospital.
 
If a baby needs surgical care a cot will be identified at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital or Central Manchester Hospitals.  Transfers will be co-ordinated by the dedicated Neonatal Transfer services.
 
Babies will be transferred back from the Neonatal Intensive care units to the unit most appropriate for the baby’s needs. In some instances this will mean babies are cared for on the Local Neonatal Unit at Lancaster prior to transfer back to SCBU in Barrow in Furness.

At Morecambe Bay Hospitals we will provide, compassionate, high quality, evidence-based and safe maternity services that meet the needs and wishes of all women and their families.

Mums and families at the
heart of everything we do.

Contact us

Maternity Services at Furness General Hospital
01229 491 035

Maternity Services at Royal Lancaster Infirmary
01524 583 850

Helme Chase, our midwife-led Maternity Services
at Westmorland General Hospital

01539 795375