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The Neonatal Unit

The neonatal unit (NNU) cares for babies requiring special care, whether it is due to pre-maturity, illness at delivery or health problems during the baby’s stay at hospital.

The unit has 20 cots - four of those are intensive care cots, six are high dependency cot and 10 are special care cots.

NNU is on the first floor of the maternity unit on St Mary’s Road, Poole.

If your baby has to stay in NNU, we will work with the immediate family to meet his or her specific needs. The facilities at the special baby unit include two overnight rooms with en-suite shower, a playroom and a family room.

A community team is available if needed to provide ongoing care once a baby is discharged.

The unit has open visiting for parents and siblings.

Have a look around the unit

You can take a virtual tour around our unit using the link below. You can either self-navigate or click on the play button for an easy 3D tour experience. Information tags have been added to explain the different areas of the neonatal unit and the equipment, to help you familiarise yourselves with the clinical area.

If you are a parent or carer and wish to use the virtual tours to explore the neonatal unit where your baby was cared for, please make sure you are in a safe space and feel emotionally ready to revisit the unit. Some parents have told us that revisiting the unit, even years down the line, can bring back emotional memories, so please take care.

Find out more about nursing careers on the neonatal intensive care unit in this short film


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