Neonatal Units

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust Neonatal Service

The Imperial Neonatal Service operates across two neonatal units with medical and therapies staff, senior nurses and unit management working across both sites. Nurses will soemtimes work across sites and will join together for education. The service has a multidisciplinary team of Consultant Neonatologists, a Consultant Perinatal Neurologists, Specialist Registrars (SpRs), Senior House Officers (SHOs),  Neonatal Nurses, Community Nurses, Speech and Language Therapists, a Physiotherapist, Dieticians, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, a Developmental Specialist and additional support from other specialists.

Both neonatal units have a parent group, led by the psychology team and nursing staff.

The Winnicott Baby Unit, St Mary’s Hospital

The neonatal unit at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, the Winnicott Baby Unit, cares for up to 18 babies at a time in Intensive Care, High Dependency or Special Care. Around 350 premature or sick newborn babies are cared for each year.

The unit’s family rooms, which were refurbished by the Winnicott Foundation, are near to the unit and available for all families to use. The space includes two parent bedrooms, a shower room, a kitchen, rest area with sofa, TV and DVD player, play area and PC with internet access.

Named after Donald Winnicott, paediatrician and psychoanalyst who promoted the benefits of family-centred care, the unit leads the UK in developmental care practice, teaching other units in this individualised, family-centred form of multidisciplinary care. 

The Neonatal Unit, Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital

The Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital neonatal unit is based on the Hammersmith Hospital campus. It cares for over 500 babies a year, including some of the smallest, sickest and most fragile babies born in the UK. The unit offers specialised intensive care for babies with many problems including those born with brain injury or abnormalities and babies born following complications in twin and higher order multiple pregnancies.

Care can be provided for up to 32 babies at a time.

The unit is also home to a milk bank holding donated breast milk which is used for some premature babies.

The unit has its own MR scanner.

The neonatal unit has nine parent bedrooms with en-suite facilities and two family sitting rooms, both with sofas, TVs and one with a PC with internet. There is also a specialist bereavement room for families to spend precious time with their babies, created by the Winnicott Foundation in 2013.