All families of babies who are in NICU require help and support to cope with the reality of their baby's situation and to manage their other family responsibilities.
Our facilities include:
- accommodation for up to six families in houses which are just off site, five minutes walk from the NICU
- four en-suite rooms adjacent to the NICU for you to gain confidence looking after your baby prior to discharge
- two breast-milk expressing rooms
- one larger family area with lounge, kitchen and dining facilities, one smaller parent kitchen / sitting room
- parent toilet with disabled access and baby-change facilities
- a range of café and refreshment facilities on the hospital site.
We aim to work in partnership with you, keeping you involved and part of the decision making process. All members of our team are encouraged to adopt this philosophy. In addition to the doctors and nurses, we have a range of other professional who help to support family care. These include:
- a feeding team - to support you with learning to feed your baby
- an occupational therapist - to help you understand and support your babies developmental needs
- a clinical psychologist, family support workers and parent help volunteers - to help with your emotional wellbeing.
Our charity, Support for the Sick Newborn And their Parents (SSNAP), fund the family support workers and select and train the parent volunteers. They also run regular coffee mornings for families on the unit as well as funding equipment and educational events for staff.
For more information about SSNAP visit www.ssnap.org.uk