The neonatal unit at University College London Hospital (UCLH) is internationally recognised as a leader in both clinical care and neonatal research.
Each year the team cares for around 1,000 babies and their families each of whom have their own unique journey through the unit. Some stay just a few hours – others for more than three months.
The unit prides itself on having a true multi-disciplinary approach involving parents, doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and support staff. At the heart of this, is a focus on individualised, family centred and family integrated care.
Close collaboration with Great Ormond Street Hospital means that the neonatal team supports some of the smallest and sickest babies in the UK. The unit has one of the highest survival rates for very premature babies, is the UK centre for the birth of conjoined twins and the host of the UK Training Centre for the Newborn Individualised Developmental Care and Assessment Program (NIDCAP).
The neonatal unit has 32 cots in eight nurseries – small wards that group babies by the intensity of care needed.