Summary of Unit Care

The Neonatal Unit at Leighton hospital provides prolonged intensive, high dependency and special neonatal care for approximately 300 babies across South Cheshire and the surrounding district per year. Primarily the unit cares for premature babies but also accepts full- term babies with medical conditions. The unit has 3 intensive care, 4 high dependency and 8 special care cots. The Unit also has baby friendly stage 3 accreditation for breast feeding support.

Parking & Public Transport Information

Leighton Hospital is about two-and-a-half miles from the centre of Crewe. Bus services serve the hospital. More detailed information is available in leaflets produced by the bus companies and a selection is provided in the Main Entrance to the hospital, Outpatients Department or on the Unit.

A £10 concessionary pass card is available for regular visitors wishing to park their vehicles on site. Each card is valid for a period of up to 7 days and can be used for multiple visits each day. To obtain a pass card, visitors must be parked on a car park with a barrier entry system. The visitor then uses the barrier ticket to obtain the pass card from the Pay On Foot (POF) Pay stations. These are at the Main and Maternity entrance.

For information on travel and parking at Leighton Hospital, please visit:

Visiting Times

Do not visit if you or your children have any infections

Parents and siblings can visit any time.

For all other visitors, visiting hours are:

6.30pm – 7.30pm Monday – Friday 2pm – 3pm Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays

Please remember, Only two visitors can attend at any visiting session and only four persons can be present at the cot side including parents at any one time.

All visitors are asked to remove their outdoor coats before entering the Unit and place in the lockers provided.

Parent Facilities

We have two parents’ bedrooms with a shower and toilet. This is used by parents just before discharge. However, it may also be offered to parents who do not wish to go home because their baby is poorly. A locker is available on the Unit for parents to store small items. The charge is £1.00 which is refundable when the key is returned.

A toilet/disabled toilet for the use of visitors is situated just inside the unit on the right.

Sibling Areas

There is an indoor and outdoor area for siblings to play which is situated in the reception area at the main entrance.  Parents must supervise their children at all times.


The Trust provides a variety of facilities within the hospital which patients and visitors are welcome to use:

Café Express (80 Seater): This is situated in the main entrance.
And offers a wide selection of hot and cold ‘grab and go’ meals.
Opening times: 7.30am – 7.30pm 7 days a week (including Bank Holidays)

Bistro: Situated in the Treatment Centre. Offers a restaurant style plated meal service.
Opening times: Monday – Friday 8.30am – 3.30pm
(excluding Bank Holidays)

RVS Tea Bar: Situated in the Outpatient Hall.
Opening times: Monday – Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm.
(excluding Bank Holidays)

League of Friends’ Shop: Situated in the main entrance.
Sells snacks, newspapers, toiletries etc.
Opening Times: Monday – Friday 7.00am – 7.00pm
Saturday/Sunday 9.00am – 7.00pm

A vending machine is situated in the unit offering hot drinks.

Parents are welcome to bring their own food and drink (including microwavable meals). A fridge is available on the unit to store food.

Support Resources

NeoMates – Access via Facebook for peer support if you have a baby on Neonatal Unit. contact Bliss offers emotional and practical support to empower families of babies born premature or sick and equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to provide the best possible care to their baby.

Catch App (Common Approach to Children’s Health) Search East Cheshire in Apps for useful information on first aid and local services in Cheshire.

Lactation Consultant: Rachel Asher is available for help and advice with breast feeding.
Frenulotomy service available – contact

The Unit has a partnership arrangement with Hope House to support babies and families with long term conditions.

The Ray of Hope is a charity that raises funds for our maternity and neonatal unit by knitting, sewing and card making. The funds raised go towards improving and purchasing items for both areas E.g. heated cots and breast pumps. Contact Chris Cooper on 01270 582187 at

Support for Going Home

The neonatal passport is a document shared between parents and staff to ensure that a safe transition from hospital to home is achieved.

Additional Information

We hope this information has been of help to families using the unit. We appreciate you will have worries, anxieties and questions during the time your baby is on the Unit. The staff are always willing to listen and speak to families at any time. The important thing to remember is that we are only baby sitting and we will support all families in the care of their babies

The Trust operates a Smoke Free Sites procedure, which applies to all staff, patients, visitors and contractors. This means that smoking is not permitted in the buildings or grounds of any site owned by the Trust and includes the interior of cars whilst parked on Trust land. However, the Trust has three smoking shelters placed at the perimeter of the Leighton Hospital site where smoking is permitted (Emergency Department, Urology Department & Staff Car Park by Residences). We would strongly advise you that smoking is harmful to your health and your baby. Please ask staff to direct you to the Smoking Cessation Midwife for further help.

Unit Contact Information

Mid Cheshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Leighton Hospital
Middlewich Road

Direct line for Special Care Tel: 01270 612282
Direct line for HDU and ICU Tel: 01270 612284

Trust Website

Key Staff Members

Clinical Lead:
Dr Michael Grosdenier

Matron/unit managers:
Lynn Jones and Racheal Beagles