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Formerly Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Neonatal care

The Neonatal unit provides emergency care for sick newborn and premature babies.

Babies born below 27 weeks and are less than 800g or need intensive or high dependency care are cared for in Ormskirk hospital which offers level two intensive care. The unit is part of the Mersey and Cheshire Neonatal Intensive Care Network.

The unit holds10 cots and practices family integrated care (FICare) focusing on teamwork between parents, family, nursing, medical and support staff to provide the best possible care for the baby.

Babies are admitted to the unit because they need a little extra special care and attention. This may be due to a number of reasons which may include:

  • Born before 35 weeks’ gestation
  • Need additional oxygen or help with breathing
  • Have low blood sugars –(hypoglycaemia)
  • Have a very high jaundice level
  • Have an infection or suspected infection
  • Babies with feeding difficulties

All babies and families are individual, so their care is tailor-made especially for them.


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