Summary of Unit Care

Level 1 Special Care Baby Unit

The SCBU at Furness General Hospital provides four cots for infants requiring extra support following delivery; for babies born early (preterm) or for those that develop illnesses shortly after birth. There are also transitional care facilities situated on the Maternity Ward so that babies who need a little additional support with feeding or keeping warm may stay with their mothers and still have this specialist care provided.

A stabilisation facility is available on SCBU for babies requiring intensive care in preparation for transfer. Babies who are born before the 32nd week of pregnancy or any baby whose specialist needs cannot be provided by the Special Care Baby Unit will be considered for transfer. An appropriate cot will be identified at Lancaster or one of the Neonatal Intensive care units. If a baby needs surgical care a cot will be identified at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital or central Manchester. Transfers will be co-ordinated by the dedicated Neonatal Transfer services.
Babies will be transferred back from the Neonatal Intensive care units to SCBU in Barrow in Furness when appropriate to do so.

Parking & Public Transport Information

Distance: 2.5 mile (approx)
Time to walk: 45 – 60 minutes
Walking route from multimap (

1. Depart on Albert street for 0.1 mile
2. Turn left onto Rawlinson Street for 0.5 mile
3. Turn right onto Abbey Road for 1.4 miles
4. Turn left onto Croft Avenue for 5. Continue for 0.2 miles
6. Arrive at the hospital

Arriving by Road
From Barrow: Follow signs to Dalton along Abbey Road. The hospital is opposite Furness House Hotel on Dalton Lane.
From Dalton: From Abbey Road junction with Park Road, continue onto Barrow Road and turn right opposite Furness House Hotel onto Dalton Lane.
From the north/A590: The hospital is signposted from the A590 onto Park Road before turning right onto Barrow Road for 500 yards then right onto Dalton Lane.

Car Parking
Designated parking for people with blue badges exists in front of all the main entrances and close to the entrance and exit of the main pay and display car park. Drivers with blue badges utilising these spaces are not required to pay.

There are also limited 20 minute short stay parking spaces in front of entrances. Please note that the pay and display machines only take coins, not notes or debit/credit cards. Enquiries concerning parking can be directed to the General Office, Monday to Friday during office hours, to the car park patrol staff or via the switchboard at all other times.

* Up to 1 hour – £1.25
* Up to 2 hours – £2.15
* Up to 4 hours – £3.60
* Up to 8 hours – £4.95
* Up to 24 hours – £6.60
* Weekly ticket – £7.60

Whenever possible people attending the site for whatever reason are asked to consider and, use public transport.

Visiting Times

Parents and siblings of baby have 24 hours open access to SCBU

Visiting is 15:00-16:00 pm and 19:00-20:00pm

We have ‘quiet time’ between 1pm and 3pm where we minimise the disturbance to babies and encourage rest in order for them to grow and thrive

Parent Facilities

One parent bedroom on SCBU

Parent kitchen facilities on maternity ward


FGH Catering
Lonsdale Grill Opening Times (situated on Level Three):

Staff and visitor restaurant 8.00am – 7.00pm

Hot and cold snacks available all day.

Breakfast 8am – 11.15am / Lunch served 11.45 – 1.45pm / Supper served 5.15–7.15pm

Saturday and Sunday 7.00pm close.

Open 7 days a week (9am – 7.30pm Mon–Fri/1.30 – 7.30pm Sat/Sun 2 – 7pm) selling a range of items from newspapers, cards, confectionary and snacks to cold drinks and gifts.

WRVS Tea Bars

Open 9am – 4pm Monday-Friday selling a range of hot beverages and snacks.

There is also a small tea bar in the Physiotherapy Rehab Area open Monday/Tuesday 9am – 11.30am and 1.30 – 4.00pm.

Support Resources

Breast feeding support provided by SCBU nurses

Support for going home

Discharge planning and training provided by SCBU staff.

Community support provided by midwives/ health visitors

Community Paediatric Nurses involved for infants with complex needs

Additional Information

The Special Care Baby unit moved into a new Maternity Unit at FGH in December 2017. The unit was co-designed by local women who have used the services at FGH, staff and the general public.

Unit Contact Information

Furness General Hospital
Dalton Lane
LA14 4LF

Switchboard Tel: 01229 870870
Neonatal Unit Tel: 01229 403653

Trust Website

Key Staff Members

Lead Consultant:
Dr Anas Olabi

Heather Wood

Unit Lead:
Helen Wallace