A $50 million upgrade of the Women's and Children's Hospital is about to get underway so that we can continue to provide the highest quality of care while planning continues for a new hospital.
The Neonatal Nursery is one of four clinical areas to be redeveloped, with works to commence in late 2019/20.
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.
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.
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.
Accommodation is available at the Royal Adelaide Hospital Residential Wing. Nearby hotel or motel accommodation is also available.
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.
All of the nursing staff delivering care in NICU, are Registered Nurses/Midwives, with many having advanced Neonatal Intensive Care qualifications.
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.
You may wish to make arrangements for other siblings to be cared for while you are visiting. Siblings may be cared for in the WCH creche .
The WCH has an ongoing commitment to ethical research and evidence based practice. Many research activities are conducted with support from the Neonatal staff.
Clinical Service Coordinator - Pauline Lowe
3rd Floor - Queen Victoria Building
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Women's and Children's Hospital
72 King William Road
South Australia 5006
Phone: (08) 8161 7869
Fax: (08) 8161 7835
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