Visiting NICU

Parents of babies on the unit may visit at any time, day or night.  The Neonatal Unit is locked to protect babies, access will be given if visitors ring the bell and explain who they are here to see.  Please be patient – we will answer the door as soon as possible, but there may be a short delay.  The doors at the maternity entrance are also locked at 8.00 pm every evening, if you wish to visit at night you will need to ring the doorbell to the right of the main door.

Washing your hands properly every time you enter the nursery is very important.  This will help to protect your baby from infection.

Parents, before you touch your baby you must:

  • Remove your watch, bracelets and all rings except wedding ring
  • Roll up your sleeves
  • Wash your hands and forearms thoroughly with soap and water
  • Rinse and Dry
  • Leave your sleeves rolled up until you leave the nursery.
  • Rub in some alcohol gel before touching your baby.

Please make sure all your visitors do the same.

Visitors of your choice are welcome to visit between 2 and 7pm each day.  We ask you to limit the number of people at the cot side to 2 people for short periods of time only.  Please explain to your family and friends that they may only visit with you and that we are unable to give them any information about your baby’s condition.  Information is only given to parents.

Brothers and sisters of babyies are very welcome to visit and should be encouraged to gently touch their new baby.  However, we ask you not to bring your children in to the nursery if they have a cough, cold, tummy upset or other infections due to the risk of passing it on to babies in the nursery.

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