The neonatal unit in the Rotunda has been providing care for all sick or premature infants born in the hospital and those transferred from other hospitals since the 1950s. The present unit was completed in 2002 and is situated on the second floor of the Hospital.
Most babies are in good health at birth but around 10% will require admission to the neonatal unit. A large number of our patients are born less than 32 weeks gestation and weigh less than 1500 grams. Small premature babies (born before 34 weeks gestation) and sick bigger babies will be admitted to the neonatal unit for observation, treatment and ongoing care.
Every year, we have about 1400 babies admitted to our neonatal unit. The majority of those babies are born in the Rotunda Hospital. The team caring for your baby is multi-disciplinary in nature. This means that healthcare workers with different areas of expertise contribute to the day to day care of your baby. The team is made up of consultant neonatologists, paediatric registrars and senior house officers, clinical midwife managers, staff midwives and nurses, neonatal nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, pharmacists, a dietitian and social workers.
Our philosophy of care in the neonatal unit is to:
- Provide a high standard of holistic family-centred care to sick newborn infants and their families.
- Ensure all care is individualised and developmentally supportive so that all infants may achieve their maximum potential.
- Provide support and education to parents and family by maximising their involvement and facilitating good communication with all team members.