Summary of Unit Care

The neonatal unit at Blackpool is a level 2 unit currently caring for around 400 preterm or term infants per year. The care provided can be short term intensive care; high dependency; special care or transitional care. Transitional care is provided either on the unit or on the maternity wards overseen by neonatal staff. Fi care is endorsed on the unit so parents are involved as much as possible in the care of their baby.

Parking & Public Transport Information

Blackpool Teaching Hospital is easily accessible by public transport with bus routes from all areas of the Fylde Coast. There is also a large multi storey car park near to the unit.

Visiting Times

There is open access for parents and siblings. Other visitors are welcome between 13:00 -14:00 & 18:00 -19:00 every day. Visitors are restricted to a maximum of two plus parents per family.

Parent Facilities

There is a family room; waiting room; expressing room and parent’s kitchen on the unit. There are 6 en-suite rooms which are used for transitional care or for parents to room in with their baby when preparing for home.

Parent support

There is a Mums and Minds (MAMS) support session held every Monday from 14:30 -15:30 on the unit.
The hospital’s Blue Skies Charity Fund has a dedicated Neonatal fund from which the money raised is used to fund equipment and other initiatives that enhance the care delivered on the unit.

Sibling Areas

There is a small play area in the waiting room and the family room provides an area for the whole family to use when the baby is almost ready for home. Sibling packs are available which contain age appropriate activities.


All parents have access to the parent kitchen where free tea and coffee is readily available. There is also a water filter available on the unit. Nearby there is a canteen, small shopping hall and a coffee shop.

Support Resources

There is an infant feeding coordinator available on the unit as well as support from specialist midwives. A perinatal mental health practitioner and the hospital chaplain visit weekly. The unit also benefits from a patient experience advisor.

Support for Going Home

All babies born less than 33 weeks gestation are referred to the Neonatal Outreach team where support continues in the home. Special referrals can also be made if babies do not fit the criteria but it is felt a visit would be beneficial. The discharge process begins as soon as possible with the ‘train to home’ approach which provides full support and guidance to parents.

Unit Contact Information

Blackpool Victoria Hospital
Whinney Heys Road

Switchboard Tel: 01253 300000
Neonatal Unit Tel: 01253 953636

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Key Staff Members

Clinical Lead:
Dr Chris Rawlingson

Matron/unit manager:
Isabel Spencer

Ward manager:
Rosie Milbourn