Darlington Memorial Hospital

Darlington Memorial Hospital

Neonatal unit facilities

Parent accommodation
We have 2 rooms available for use prior to a baby being discharged. When your baby is nearing discharge, a nurse will speak to you about these rooms.

Parent facilities
We have a parent’s kitchen and living area. Within the kitchen is a fridge to store food, but we do ask you to label any food with name and date. There is a microwave available to use also. Tea and coffee facilities will be provided by the hospital.

Mobile phone use
We ask that mobile phones are not to be used within the nursery, they may be used within the corridor and family kitchen.

Telephone and computer access
There is no computer available for parent use.

Breastfeeding facilities and support
All our staff are trained to provide breastfeeding support. They will be willing to support all mums with. There is also a breastfeeding room available as a private area to express. We have 2 electrical pumps on the unit. We also have some electrical breast pumps for home use but we do ask for these to be returned at discharge for use by other parents. If you do so wish, we can give a hand attachment following discharge to allow the continuation of expressing.

Facilities for siblings
Within the family kitchen is some toys and books for siblings. There is also a DVD player within the room but DVD’s must be provided. We do however ask that the siblings are supervised within the kitchen area and that the room is left tidy.

Bereavement support
There is a dedicated bereavement support worker for Darlington Memorial Hospital. She can be accessed via a nurse.

Who’s who on the unit?

Consultant(s) on the unit
Dr. A. Bangerjee, Dr. T. Banerjee, Dr J. Furness, Dr. F. Jamil, Dr. D. Jayachandran, Dr. A. Morrison, Dr. P. Shah, Dr. L Rengaraju, Dr. S. Ross, Dr. I. Thakur, Dr. N. Verma

Unit manager
Ann Bowes

Infant feeding coordinator
Debra Hope
SCBU lead nurse: Gail McAllister

Family centred care lead
Kayleigh Smith

Developmental care lead
There is a team of nurses designated to developmental care.

Community nurse
Our community team is provided by nurses working on the unit.

What to expect when you arrive

How to access the Unit
We can be found on the 6th floor of the main building. To access the unit, we have a secure doors which require you to ‘buzz’ for access.

Who to talk to if you have any concerns
If there are any concerns, please talk to the nurse looking after your baby.

Talking to the medical team
The medical team are around each morning for ward round. If you wish to speak to the medical team then please ask the nurse looking after your baby.

Ward round
Ward round takes place on a morning. However, the time may vary slightly as our doctors work between SCBU and children’s ward.

Baby rest time
There is no designated rest time for babies. However, we do ask that noise be kept at a minimum when within the nursery.

Visiting information

SCBU provide an open visiting policy. This means you are welcome to visit at any time, for as long as you wish. Please limit visitors to 2 per cot in addition to parents. Siblings are also very welcome, but no other children under 16 years please.

We ask all visitors to gel their hands on entry to SCBU and then wash them at the sinks within the main nursery. There are hooks available at each nursery door to hang outdoor coats.

By car

Address: Hollyhurst Road, Darlington, County Durham, DL3 6HX

Car parking charges

Parents are entitled to a permit which allows them to park at the hospital for free. These can be given out on a weekly basis by the nurse looking after your baby.

For all other visitors, car parking charges are as follows:

  • 0 – 2 hours: £2.50
  • 2 – 3 hours: £3.00
  • 3 – 24 hours: £4.00

Nearest bus stop

There is a bus stop opposite the hospital.

Nearest railway station

Darlington railway station is a short walk from the hospital.


Cashpoint machine
There is a cash point located on the ground floor near main reception. It will not charge you to use it.

Catering/refreshment facilities
The hospital has a canteen on the lower ground floor. Opening times vary. There is also Café Quick located on the ground floor selling a range of sandwiches and snacks.

Other shops on site/nearby
WH Smith’s can be found on the ground floor next to Café Quick. There is a petrol station on the main road outside the hospital.

Laundry facilities
None on site. We do have an external laudry service for hospital items. We do ask that clothing belonging to your baby be taken home and washed.

Religious and spiritual support
We have access to a chaplaincy service which can be accessed via the nurse looking after your baby. They are situated on floor D. There is also a prayer room available for use by all situated on level 1.

Patient Advocacy Liaison Service (PALS)
PALS is situated at the main reception. The contact number is 01325 743887.

Interpreting services
We have full access to interpreters. If you require an interpreter, one will be accessed.

Access to a midwife
Midwives are happy to see mothers on ward 61. If possible please bring handheld notes. If the ward is busy, they may ask you to come back at a more convenient time.