Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital

Neonatal unit facilities

There are 14 special care baby cots

Access to a midwife
Available on site 24 hours a day

Parent accommodation
There are two parents rooms each with en-suite facilities.

Parent facilities
There is a sitting room with kettle, fridge and TV.
Resident parents have meals provided
Books are available

Facilities for siblings
Siblings are welcome, but must be supervised.

Mobile phone use
We advise mobile phones are turned off during visits and are used only for taking photos of own infant.

Telephone access
A public telephone is available for parents to use.

Breastfeeding facilities and support

  • breastfeeding support is available 24 hours
  • breastfeeding community team
  • a breast pump is available to loan and there is storage for breast milk.

Baby rest time
we provide individualised care.

Interpreting Service
An interpreting service is available.

A Clinical Psychologist is available
Parent support group: Bliss cards

Bereavement support
A Bereavement Officer is available

Who’s who on the unit?

We have a display showing the uniforms worn by staff – a Who’s Who of staff you may see on SCBU.

All staff wear scrubs in different colours:

  • Dark purple – Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • Light purple – Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • Dark blue – Senior Neonatal Nurse
  • Light blue – Staff Nurse
  • Grey – Neonatal Healthcare Assistant

SCBU is also known as an Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner – led Unit

  • Dr Stephen Bruce – Lead Paediatrician
  • George Brooks – Neonatal Nurse Consultant
  • Lorraine Munro – Ward Manager/ANNP
  • Margaret Cleghorn – Infant feeding coordinator (based on postnatal ward)
  • Graham Curry – Community nurse, paediatric community outreach lead

Manager/Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (ANNP)
Lorraine Munro

Infant feeding coordinator
Leigh Murphy

Community nurse, paediatric community outreach lead
Graham Curry

What to expect when you arrive

How to access the Unit
Use the main hospital entrance, SCBU is on second floor next to the birthing centre. There are stairs and a lift to the second floor

There is a security door at the entrance to the unit, you will need to press the call button and identify yourself before you are allowed access to the unit

Who to talk to if you have any concerns
Duty Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner or allocated nurse for your baby.

Ward round
There is a daily ward round, by the duty ANNP, at 8:30am.

Talking to the medical team
An appointment can be arranged to see the visiting consultant.

Visiting information

open visiting with baby’s own siblings.

Number of visitors

Visitors must be accompanied by a parent. 2pm-7.30pm for all other family and friends. No other children under 16 years of age may visit.

Hygiene and infection prevention
Handwashing/gel on entry and exit to unit. Secure handbag lockers are available. Tokens are not required We ask that all outdoor garments are removed on entering the unit.

Lockers are available to store bags and valuables

If you need further information about visiting please speak to the nurse in charge.

By car

Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital is accessible from the A189 at East Cramlington, to the north of the Moor Farm roundabout. It is signposted from the northbound and southbound slip roads closest to the hospital

If you are travelling by car, we have produced videos to help direct you to the hospital

Car parking
Car parking is available and will cost £1.00 covering a 24 hour period from time of purchase.

Free car parking is available for parents of babies on the unit.

If the mother is discharged home a parking permit will be given to parents with babies on SCBU

By public transport

We have worked in partnership with Nexus to develop a public transport leaflet which provides information on shuttle service, bus, rail and metro services.


Catering/refreshment facilities
Hospital Volunteer Service coffee shop:

The hospital has a coffee shop at the main entrance run by our Hospital Volunteer Service where you can get snacks, and hot drinks, as well as newspapers and magazines

Main entrance cafe/shop
Monday to Friday 8.30am-7pm
Saturday and Sunday 1pm-7pm

The restaurant is on the ground floor and is open 24 hours a day.

Vending machines are available.

Laundry facilities

Religious and spiritual support
Our Chaplaincy team provides confidential comfort and support, the Chaplains are available to people of all faiths or none.

Patient Advocacy Liaison Service (PALS)
Available during office hours: 0800 032 0202

More Information
More information on all of our trust services is available at: