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Neonatal Unit at St George's Hospital

St George’s Hospital's Neonatal Unit provides specialist care for the smallest and sickest babies, including those that are born prematurely and those that require surgery. It is the regional centre for the South West London Neonatal Network. The network has 5 hospitals providing maternity and newborn services.

St George’s has a large specialist  fetal medicine unit, and many women with complex pregnancies are referred here for expert care. The Unit provides the majority of intensive care for newborn babies in south west London as well as providing some specialist services for neighbouring networks, covering a large geographical area extending down as far as the south coast.  Once babies no longer require specialist care at St George’s, they are moved to a neonatal unit at one of the network hospitals so that families can be closer to home, and to allow the Unit to take in new babies requiring specialist services.

Neonatal services include:

  • An integrated neonatal unit where babies receive specialist medical and surgical intensive care.
  • 39 cots (12 intensive care, 9 high dependency care, and 18 special care).
  • 5 parent bedrooms where parents can stay on the unit – these are allocated depending on need, and are also used for parents to stay with their baby for 1 or 2 nights before going home.
  • Facilities in the hospital grounds where parents who live far away can stay (Ronald McDonald House).
  • Specialist multi-professional paediatric surgical services – including general surgery, ENT, neurosurgery, urology, and a specialist spina bifida service.
  • Highly trained nurses, including a surgical nurse specialist and a team of Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioners.
  • Paediatric infectious diseases service – we are one of 3 centres in the UK designated to look after children with HIV.
  • Close links with the Royal Brompton Hospital for the management of babies with heart problems.
  • Weekly neonatal follow-up clinic.
  • Specialist neonatal developmental clinic for babies born before 30 weeks gestation.
  • Community neonatal nursing team to support babies in the community discharged to Wandsworth from our unit.
  • Antenatal (before birth) counselling of prospective parents by appropriate healthcare professionals if problems are expected; this may include neonatologist, cardiologist, geneticist or surgeon alongside our fetal medicine colleagues.
  • monthly neonatal respiratory clinic for infants with chronic lung disease and congenital lung lesions.

More than 600 babies are admitted to the Unit annually, and more than 160 people work there.

Who to contact

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St George's Hospital

Where to go

Lanesborough Wing
St George's Hospital
Blackshaw Road
SW17 0QT
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