Patient Care Units
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a 14 bed unit responsible for the provision of care for babies in need of intensive (Level 6) care born at the WCH, born elsewhere in South Australia, the Northern Territory, Western Victoria and the far west of New South Wales.
Information for Families
NICU is where a transdisciplinary team cares for babies who require respiratory support, central line management and continuous observation. These babies may be born ill and/or prematurely.
Parents and Caregivers
We welcome the involvement of parents and caregivers while babies are in NICU. Our care is family-centred, meeting the physical, emotional, social, cultural and spiritual needs of the family.
There is a small waiting area near the nursery.
For safety reasons, please do not bring food or drinks into the Nursery
The Butterfly Card scheme assists families where babies are admitted to hospital for an anticipated period of more than a week or who have frequent admissions or outpatient/day therapy appointments.
Please ask the midwife/nurse who is caring for your baby if you wish to see a Social Worker, Interpreter or Minister of Religion.
Caring for your Baby
All of the nursing staff delivering care in NICU, are Registered Nurses/Midwives, with many having advanced Neonatal Intensive Care qualifications.
Services and Facilities
Meals for parents and caregivers are available from the Playdeck and Cafeteria.
Mobile phones interfere with sensitive medical equipment and must not be used in the Nursery. Pay phones are located around the hospital.
Car parking is available on or near the hospital grounds.
Parents can visit anytime except: