Care of the sick and preterm newborn.
The neonatal unit is a designated Level 2 unit that cares for
preterm babies born at 27 weeks gestation and babies who are sick
The unit is has a designated pathway for preterm babies less
than 27/40 gestation within the North East London Network. We have
18 cots, comprising of two intensive care, three high dependency
and 13 for special care. Babies admitted to the unit include
preterm and term babies with a variety of conditions including
respiratory, cardiac, congenital and metabolic problems.
Babies are transferred to Level 3 specialist centers when they
need surgical or other specialised treatment. It is Southend
Hospital's policy to transfer babies under twenty seven weeks but
some may be kept if the consultant feels it is in the baby's best
interest and the designated tertiary center is in agreement.
The neonatal audit, which is carried out yearly, continues to
show excellent outcomes and compares above national standards. The
perinatal mortality scoring is below regional norms. The maternity
and neonatal unit maintains links with outside bodies such as the
National Childbirth Trust and Bliss. Babies can be discharged
to their families earlier if they have specific problems that can
be monitored by the community Paediatric team.
The unit has an equipment replacement programme which allows for
the purchase of the most up to date high tech equipment on a yearly
Consultant rounds are held daily between 10.00 and 12.00 and
parents are invited to attend.
Staffing levels and development
There are always a minimum of five and a maximum of seven staff
on duty per shift. At least two members are certified in neonatal
intensive care. This skill mix ensures high quality delivery of
care to the babies and their families and is effective for
supporting the learners.
There is also includes a neonatal practice educator who provides
teaching for student nurses, qualified staff, post registered,
clerical and domestic staff, staff from wards with paediatric
interest, work experience students, junior medical staff and
There is an on-going commitment to enhancing practice and staff
The maternity unit is seeking Baby Friendly status in line with
World Health Organization recommendations for the establishment of
breastfeeding and the neonatal unit is actively involved in
achieving this goal.
The neonatal unit echoes the Trust's commitment to training and
development of all staff.
Sister Jen Gates
Ward telephone number
2nd floor, Cardigan wing
Care of sick and preterm newborns
Visiting and other instructions
Open access to parents and siblings.
All other visitors (including grandparents) daily between 07.00
to 21.00 in line with Trust visiting times in the presence of one
or both parents.
Max 2 people at a cot at any time, no children allowed
to visit under 16 years (other than siblings) school uniform should
not be worn.
Consultant rounds are held daily between 10.00 and 12.00
and parents are invited to attend.
The patients have quiet time between 13.00 - 14.00 and
20.30 - 21.30 (subject to change) to promote and encourage
rest and development when all non-essential interventions are
avoided where possible.
Babies on this unit will be
under the care of one or more of these
- Dr Arfa Khan
- Dr Anupam Shrivastava
- Dr Naina Emcy
- Dr Fathel Awadalla
- Dr Ravi Chetan
- Dr Isabel Margarson
- Dr Parthasaradhi Rachakonda
- Dr Mokhlesur Rahman
- Dr Thilani Ranasinghe
Specialist teams who care for
patients on this ward
The Unit has a dedicated a Practice Educator and two
Enhanced Nurse Practitioners who research and implement new
initiatives, to ensure the highest quality of care are given to
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