Neonatal care

Poole Hospital offers a level 2 neonatal unit which cares for babies born too early at 27 weeks of gestation or above, and term babies with complex medical conditions.

The newly refurbished unit, based in St Mary’s Maternity Hospital (across the road from the main hospital) includes four intensive care cots, six high dependency cots and 10 special care cots. We are also linked to the transitional care unit in which babies born at between 34-36 weeks gestation can be cared for with their mothers.

Poole Hospital was one of the first trusts to develop the concept of transitional care to prevent, wherever possible, the mother being separated from her baby.

The unit is staffed by consultant neonatologists, matron, unit sister, advanced neonatal nurse practitioners, deputy sisters, staff nurses and nursery nurses.

We employ general nurses, children’s nurses and midwives who can choose to pursue a leadership or practitioner pathway for their long- term career.

Experience will include multi-organ support of the sick neonate. This will include, for example, various ventilation strategies and cerebral cooling.

A registered nurse/midwife employed on the unit will attend the regional neonatal preceptorship course, followed by the intensive and high dependency care of the newborn course at Southampton University. Other courses offered by the unit include teaching and assessing in practice at Bournemouth University and a trust leadership programme.

For more information or to arrange an informal visit, contact Louise Hough, PA to matron Daniel Lockyer, on 01202 263057.