Summary of Unit Care

The Unit is on the first floor of the Charlesworth Building next to the Post-natal Ward. You must enter by the main doorway at the front of the building (next to the Ante-natal Clinic). The door is kept locked at all times for security reasons however; an intercom system is in operation. Please press the buzzer and tell the security personnel, on duty, that you wish to visit your baby on the Unit. After entering the hallway, turn right and you will see the entrance to the Unit (NICU). Press the buzzer by the door and identify yourself to the answering member of staff, who will proceed to let you in. Climb the stairs, the Unit is directly facing you at the top of the stairs.

Please note: do NOT keep the door open for any other persons not with you and DON’T enter without identifying yourself via the intercom.

Parking & Public Transport Information

Click here for Tameside Hospital parking

You can contact the Car Parking Office from 08:00 hours to 20:00 hours on 0161 922 6899 for current charges.

Parents of babies on NICU can apply for reduced charge parking permits or tickets.

Visiting Times

Parents are welcome at any time of day or night. Parents are also welcome to visit the Unit prior to delivery of their baby. No more than 2 people may be at the baby’s cot at any one time; one of which should usually be the parent.

Visiting hours for relatives and friends are: 15:00 to 17:00 and 18:00 to 20:30.

There is a “quiet time” daily between the hours of 12 noon and 2pm and we ask that noise is kept to a minimum to allow all the babies a chance to rest.

Parent Facilities

There is a sitting room on the Unit for you to make tea / coffee, which are provided. There is also a TV, fridge, freezer and microwave for your use. You may also choose to use the hospital restaurant, snack bar or shop.

Two double bedrooms are available on the Unit for you to stay in. These are usually used by Parents whose baby is very ill or for Parents who are due to take their baby home and are getting ready for discharge.

There is a Playroom for siblings.

Parent support

TEDS – Tameside Early Delivery Support Group – Parents offering support to Parents

TEDS is a support group for Parents of premature babies in Tameside. The group welcomes parents and families, who have a baby currently on the NICU as well as those who are at home with their babies / children.

TEDS group meets at 10.30am to 12.30pm on the first Wednesday of each month at Rosehill Children’s Centre in Ashton Under Lyne

TELEPHONE: 0161 343 5482



Breast Feeding Support: We support mothers in breast feeding their babies. We will explain how you can express your milk and how to store it until your baby is well and strong enough to put him/ her to the breast. We have electronic breast pumps on the Unit, which we loan free of charge for mothers to use at home. A separate room is available or screens are used at the cot-side to facilitate breast feeding and the use of breast pumps. Skin to skin care is encouraged to help with your milk supply. Please discuss this with your baby’s Nurse.


We have, on site, a hospital restaurant, WRVS snack bar, shop and Costa coffee.

Support for Going Home

Most babies that have spent more than seven days on the neonatal unit will receive support from the neonatal community outreach team.  If you live outside of the catchment area your health visitor will be your main support once you are home.  Health visitors are fully informed of your baby’s progress during the baby’s stay on the neonatal unit so they will be familiar with your baby’s history.

Additional Information

You will be given written information about the Neonatal unit, the neonatal network which we are part of and additional information provided by BLISS which covers different aspects of having a baby who is born early or who is poorly.

We aim to deliver Family Centred Care with your baby at the heart of what we do. If you have any questions or concerns then please let us know

Unit Contact Information


Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

1st Floor, Charlesworth Building

Tameside Hospital

Fountain Street

Ashton Under Lyne



Switchboard Tel: 0161 922 6000

Neonatal Unit Tel: 0161 922 6079

Link to Trust’s own site:

Key Staff Members

Clinical Lead:
Dr Jacqueline Birch, Consultant Paediatrician / NICU Lead

Matron/unit manager:
Donna  Kennedy-Marriott