Summary of Unit Care

The Neonatal Unit currently caters for up to 18 babies on the Unit; we have 3 Intensive Care cots, 3 High Dependency cots and 12 special care cots
We also provide Transitional Care, allowing some babies to remain with their mums on the postnatal ward while receiving treatment

Parking & Public Transport Information

Limited parking is available.

Our car parks are controlled by Automatic Number Plate Recognition and paystations are available throughout the hospital.
Concessions are available for long term patients and we offer free parking for parents once mum is discharged home

The hospital is accessible by bus and train:
From Warrington Interchange, services 16, 16A, 20A and 21A operate to Lovely Lane where Warrington Hospital is located.
Warrington Bank Quay and Warrington Central train stations are both around a 15 minute walk from the hospital.

Visiting Times

We encourage you to be with your baby as often as you can; other relatives and visitors are welcome to visit between 10.00-18:30.

We ask that you respect the following guidelines:
Children under sixteen years of age other than brothers and sisters will not be permitted to visit. It is essential there is adequate space around each cot especially in the case of emergencies. To avoid overcrowding around cots we ask you restrict visitors to 3 at a time (including parents) Relatives/visitors are welcome to wait in the family room so that we can keep corridors clear for staff to use.

No visitors will be allowed without the parents being present.

Parent Facilities

Our family accommodation provides a quiet space to rest, watch television and make use of the kitchen area.

In the kitchen there is a microwave, kettle and fridge-please label any food that you bring with you. The bedroom is very basic but adequate for a short term stay. There is also a shower.

We also have lockers for your personal belongings.

We have limited room available on the unit for parents to stay overnight and priority is given to those parents who have a baby requiring intensive care. We encourage parents to stay overnight with their baby prior to going home, but this is not mandatory

Sibling Areas

Siblings can make use of the family room, but must be supervised at all times.

Refreshments

• In the Main Entrance foyer there are a range of shops and eateries including a Costa Coffee, Subway sandwich shop, restaurant, large newsagent (which sells a large range of day to day essentials), the Stock Shop (clothing) , WRVS gift shop and even a hairdressers.
• There is also a small café in the Outpatients department that serves hot drinks and snacks and various vending machine points including on the ground floor of the Croft Wing.
• A cashpoint (no charge) is located in the main entrance next to the newsagents
• Opposite the main hospital entrance on Lovely Lane there is a petrol station and convenience store.

You are requested not to bring hot drinks onto the Neonatal Unit. This is for health and safety reasons.
Fresh fruit is always available for parents, and packed lunches are available for breastfeeding mums

Support Resources

  • We have a closed Facebook group and a Twitter account.
  • Wire Warriors is a peer support group, set up by past parents, with monthly gatherings for parents past and present.
  • We have an infant feeding group for help with feeding and expressing.
  • We can facilitate babies with life-limiting conditions via our association with Claire House and Hope House hospices.
  • We have access to a bereavement counsellor in the event of infant loss.

Support for Going Home

Community Neonatal nurses will visit babies who go home on oxygen and also those who need to have their weight gain monitored
Our neonatal passport supports and educates parents to become fully involved in their babies care in partnership with the Neonatal team

Additional Information

FiCare was recently launched on the Unit and this is developing rapidly.

The hospital is rated as Good by the CQC.

We have the BLISS Pledge of Improvement, and have received 2 Silver awards from Ward Accreditation.

Unit Contact Information

Address
Neonatal Unit
Croft Wing
Warrington Hospital
Lovely Lane
Warrington
WA5 1QG

Switchboard Tel: 01925 635911
Neonatal Unit Tel: 01925 662278/662845

Trust Website
https://whh.nhs.uk/services/neonatal-unit

Key Staff Members

Clinical Lead: Dr Delyth Webb

Matron/unit manager: Jill Tomlinson

Deputy manager: Alison Johnson