Summary of Unit Care

Our NICU currently has 37 cots, 9 of which are designated as Intensive care, 9 High dependency and 19 special care and provides medical care for the newborn baby. Family Integrated Care is an essential element of our work. We encourage the family to care for their baby while on the unit, and the Neonatal Team provide education on certain aspects of your babies care for example Tube Feeding, taking temperatures and skin to skin.

There are various members of the team which will be involved in the care your baby receives and support for the family; these include;-
– Doctors
– Nurses
– Healthcare assistants
– Consultant Neonatologists
– Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioners
– Pharmacist
– Speech and language therapist
– Dietician
– Physiotherapist
– Volunteers
– The Rainbow Trust
– Assistant practitioners

Parking & Public Transport Information

Parking is free for parents, please speak to staff for a free parking permit. Visitors can park in the green signed areas.  Payment is via the pay and display points.  Please note that the machines do not give change and do not accept bank notes.  (See the attached car parking leaflet and parking map for more in depth details)

Visiting Times

We have an open visiting policy for parents and grandparents.  Visiting times for all other visitors are between 10am and 10pm.  However, we ask that there be only 2 people per cot (one being a parent).  Family and friends may visit when a parent is present.

Children under the age of 16 are not permitted on the unit unless they are siblings.

During the hours of 2 to 4pm we have quiet time.  Quiet time is a period when the lights are dimmed, the blinds are closed allowing baby’s to rest.  We request that only parents visit during this time.

Parent Facilities

We have 4 parents’ bedrooms.  They are allocated preferentially to parents who have a very sick baby, parents who live outside the area and parents in preparation for discharge home.

Parent support

We have a parent led support group called Spoons Supporting Parents of Neonates. Spoons peer support volunteers are all parents who have experienced neonatal care and are available on the unit throughout the week to offer emotional and practical support. Spoons is also a registered charity and raises funds to improve family services and facilities on the unit. Spoons support is also available via Facebook groups and have private groups for all parents, including a separate group for Dads and for bereaved parents. Spoons also work within the community, so families can access support after their baby has been discharged.

Sibling Areas

Siblings are welcome on the unit.  We have toys, books and a television for them to use in the parents sitting room.  Please ensure that siblings are supervised at all times.

We work closely with the Rainbow Trust who visit weekly and offer sibling support.  They offer extra sibling support on the unit during school holidays


Tea, Coffee, Sugar and milk are available for parents to use in the parents sitting room.  There is a fridge and microwave for storing and preparing meals.

If parents are resident in the bedrooms we again provide tea and coffee facilities.  Mothers who are breastfeeding or expressing and resident are provided with 3 meals a day.

Vouchers are available for the hospital restaurant- these offer a 10% discount on purchases

Support Resources

The nursing and medical team are keen to provide the best care possible.  With this ethos in mind we have working groups and support networks for parents and the wider family.  They include:-

– A breastfeeding team including feeding buddies and a support group.
– Regular new-born screening
– Parent craft teaching
– Newborn resuscitation skills lessons
– Bereavement support
– Access to a counsellor
– Plus much more

We also have links with agencies outside of the Neonatal unit such as:-

– Physiotherapists
– Dieticians
– Speech and language therapist
– Children’s community team
– Trust Volunteers

Support for Going Home

Parents are offered and encouraged to take parent craft advice from our team.  This also includes new-born resuscitation skills, tube feeding and general parent craft activities.

We have launched our Home Tube feeding service in April 2019, this service offers the opportunity to take your baby home before they are fully fed, and still requiring some feeds via Tube. The team will visit you and your baby at home to provide support and advice.

When the baby is ready to go home, parents are introduced to a member of the community outreach team.  A member of the outreach team visit the family at home until it is felt the support is no longer required or is transferred to another professional/service such as the Heath visitor or Children’s community team.

Unit Contact Information

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
The Royal Oldham Hospital
Rochdale Road

Switchboard Tel: 0161 624 0420
Neonatal Unit Tel: 0161 627 8151

Trust Website

Key Staff Members

Clinical Lead:
Dr Anitha Vayalakkad

Unit manager & Lead Nurse:
Rachel Winn & Yvonne Fletcher