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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 twenty cots - four of those are intensive care cots, six are high dependency cot and ten 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.

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

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