Plymouth NICU

Plymouth Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is the regional centre for neonatal care in Devon and Cornwall. We care for the most premature and sick babies from across the region. Our ethos is to work together with parents to provide the best of care. It is a partnership that helps to bring the family together, reducing the length of their stay in hospital.

We set up the NICU Fund to help enhance the experience of those families that need us. Through your donations, we can provide specialised equipment. We can transform the areas that people might stay to make them more friendly, from decoration to furniture. We can offer more specialised training to staff. All of which is in addition to NHS funding and will make their time in hospital that little bit easier.

Keep Me Close

Outline of Devon and Cornwall, with the NICU logo - showing how large the area is that NICU covers


What does the fund do?

Through the NICU Fund and its related appeal Keep Me Close, we can help families through the most difficult of times.

Your previous donations have provided:

  •     Specialised breast pumps
  •     Twin cots
  •     Cold Cot to support our bereaved families
  •     Bedroom upgrades for our resident parents
  •     Daily use of the Hospedia Television, for our families resident on the unit
  •     Staff education through conferences and the Family and Infant Neurodevelopmental Education (FINE) course
  •     IPads to support a secure video messaging service
  •     9 Amazon Fires helping parents read to their babies
  •     End of Life Care furnishings.


Thank you for helping these parents and babies get the best of care.


Bliss Baby Charter

Derriford Hospital's NICU staff were awarded the Bliss Baby Charter Silver Award and have been labelled 'exemplary'. Click here to read the story on Plymouth Live.