Summary of Unit Care

The Neonatal Unit has a total of 16 cots – 2 Intensive Care, 5 High Dependency and 9 Special Care Cots.

Parking & Public Transport Information

As a parent of a baby on the neonatal unit you will be granted free parking.  The exemption pass must be completed by the ward staff, they will give you a permit to display in your car, and it must be return upon discharge of your baby.  Parking is available onsite; there is also an overflow carpark on Freckleton Street which is located on the map below.  The following charges apply for all pay and display car parks for visitors The charging periods and costs are:

Up to 30 minutes drop off Free

Up to 2 hours £2.70

2 to 4 hours £5.00

Over 4 hours £6.50

Visiting Times

Parents and siblings are welcome at any time.

To help us reduce the risk of infection please adhere to the following visiting guidelines:

8am – 1.30pm: Only 1 visitor plus parents the cot side. No swapping of visitors. Visitors may be asked to leave the nurseries at certain times e.g. ward rounds, x-rays and procedures.

1.30pm – 4pm & 6pm – 7pm: Only 2 visitors at cot side but visitors may swop over. These visits should be brief, to ensure that we keep a calm and quiet environment

We have introduced a quiet time from 16.00pm-18.00pm – Parents are still allowed to visit during this time.  A parent of the baby must accompany all visitors

No children of school age are allowed to visit except brothers and sisters of the baby. Do not visit if you have a cough, cold, diarrhoea and vomiting or have been in touch with any infectious disease e.g. chicken pox.

Parent Facilities

We have a parent room which has 1 double bed and en-suite facilities.  There is a parent’s sitting room with a TV and children’s toy area.  Unfortunately we do not as yet have a parent kitchen on our unit.

Parent support

There is a fridge in parent’s sitting room which is stocked with water, cordial and milk, we also supply tea and coffee making facilities for parents. You are welcome to use the fridge in the parent’s sitting room if you bring your own items in from home; we just ask that you put your name and date on them, as any unlabelled items will be disposed of.  Food and beverages may be brought on to the ward, but are not to be consumed in the nurseries.  We do offer sandwiches to the parents of babies on the Neonatal unit at lunch and at tea time if required from the hospital canteen. Your order will be taken by our housekeeper or healthcare assistant staff.  Approximately: 11am for lunch, to arrive around 12:15-12:30pm and 4pm for tea, to arrive 17:15-17:30

Rainbows and Butterflies

They have a group on Facebook which you can also join, it gives you a chance to discuss things that you have experienced with people who have been in a similar situation.

Support for Going Home

When the time comes to take your baby home this can be quite scary for some parents. Don’t panic, this is a perfectly normal reaction. On the ward we like to do a lot of parent craft with you and baby to ease you in to you looking after baby in your home. If you are breastfeeding baby then we will ask you to come in for feeds in the days leading up to discharge.  If you plan to bottle feed either with expressed breast milk or formula we ask that you bring in your own bottles that you will use at home so we can assess whether baby can feed well enough from them.You can bath your baby to learn the correct technique of what to do at bath time.  We will talk you through any medication that they will be on when going home and then let you give it to build your confidence. You will also be given the opportunity to room in, in our parent’s room with your baby for total care, whilst having the reassurance of the ward staff still being on hand during your first night/s alone with your child before taking them home.

Most of the babies on the Neonatal unit will be followed up by the Neonatal Outreach Team, they will visit you the day after discharge or on the Monday if you take baby home at the weekend, they will then arrange with you the next date and frequency of visits depending on yours and baby’s needs.  Once you and baby are home please do not feel like you are alone if you have any queries regarding your child then you can get in touch with the Neonatal outreach team or ring the ward for advice. Once you and baby are home please do not feel like you are alone if you have any queries regarding your child then you can get in touch with the Neonatal outreach team or ring the ward for advice.

Unit Contact Information

Royal Albert Edward Infirmary
Wigan Lane

Ward telephone No 01942 778504 / 01942 778549
Neonatal Secretary 01942 778521

Trust Website

Key Staff Members

Clinical Lead:
Dr Christos Zipitis

Matron/unit manager:
Julie Armstrong