Neonatal Services FAQS
Where is the Neonatal Unit?
The Nursery is located on the 1st floor, East Wing, of the hospital and is accessed through the Jane Crookall Maternity Unit via a video entry intercom system.
What are the visiting times in the Neonatal Unit?
Parents can visit anytime they wish. The nursery operates a 'quiet time'. This is between 1pm and 3pm every day. This is a time when babies can sleep without any interruptions.
Who can visit my baby?
Visitors are limited to parents and grandparents only. If grandparents are not resident on the Island, parents may nominate 4 friends to support them during this time. Visiting is restricted in order to protect the infants from infection and to reduce the noise in the nursery.
If my baby is born prematurely, can I still breastfeed?
Yes. Research has shown that breast milk is best for all infants especially preterm babies. All staff are trained in assisting new mums to initiate and maintain lactation and to help establish breastfeeding prior to discharge.
When will I be able to care for my baby?
Staff will encourage parents to help with their babies care as soon as they feel able. This includes changing nappies and feeding your baby.
When can I cuddle my baby?
As soon as your baby's condition is stable, staff will ask you if you would like to 'cuddle' your baby.
Can we take photographs?
Yes. The staff will also take 2 photographs shortly after your baby is admitted to the nursery. These will be printed for you to keep.