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University Hospital North Tees

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Scope Of Care

    Northern Neonatal Network Care Pathways – December 2021


    North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust – University Hospital of North Tees


    Scope of care

    North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust provides neonatal services on its University Hospital of North Tees site in Stockton. In addition there is a Midwifery led Delivery Unit on their Hartlepool site for very low risk pregnancies managed by a team of Midwives.


    The current services provided on the North Tees site are as follows :


     SCBU, University Hospital of North Tees


    Current Unit capacity


    12 Special Care Cots.


    Annual number of deliveries

    2458 (April 2020 – March 2021).


    Annual number of admissions

    266 (April 2020 – March 2021).

    Current threshold for routine ante-natal transfers

    Generally obstetricians will try to transfer < 30/40 gestation mothers to a Level 3 NICU hospital, or < 32/40 weeks gestation if a multiple pregnancy.


    Current threshold for routine post-natal transfers

    < 30/40 are routinely transferred to a Level 3 NICU for Intensive care.



    Rooming in/Transitional Care provision on-site?

    For mothers who wish to stay in to look after their baby prior to being ready for discharge and also for those mothers who need parent craft or establishing breast feeding.

    Babies fitting transitional care criteria are currently cared for jointly with the post natal ward and Neonatal Unit.



    North Tees neonatal unit is a research active unit with 1.0 WTE neonatal research nurse and a shared data assistant.

    The unit is recognised for cardio-respiratory research and actively participates in a number of national, international and commercial trials.


    Full list of Services provided;

    • Brain Imaging
    • Cardiology Clinics
    • Cardiology Diagnosis
    • Community Neonatal Nursing Service
    • Dedicated High Risk Infant clinic
    • Functional Echocardiography
    • Genetics Clinic
    • Neonatal Ophthalmology
    • Paediatric Dermatology Clinic
    • Specialist Neurodevelopmental Follow Up (BSID 3) of at risk infants & premmies <32 weeks
    • Therapeutic Hypothermia
    • Video EEG and aEEG facilities are available

Location Ward Info

    Neonatal unit facilities

    Parent accommodation

    Currently we have 1 Bedroom for parents of very sick infants or parents having to travel long distance. In addition we have another 2 rooms that can be utilised for parents to use.


    Parent facilities

    There is a kitchen area with Tea/ Coffee facilities. In addition there is also a Kettle, Toaster, Microwave and Fridge. Next to the kitchen is a sitting/ waiting room.


    Mobile phone use

    If possible refrain from using mobile phones in the Nurseries. Mobile Phones can be used on the Landing or in the Parent sitting room and Side rooms.


    Telephone and computer access

    No Computer Access. There is a payphone on the Unit. Phone Calls can under certain circumstances be made from the Unit Phone on request.


    Breastfeeding facilities and support

    Electric Breast Pumps are available to use on the Unit. In addition we now have Electric Portable Breast Pumps to Loan. Ask Staff for further details. All Staff can offer support and advice.


    Facilities for siblings

    There is a playroom situated within the parents sitting/ waiting room. All children need to be supervised at all times.


    Bereavement support

    Bereavement Support Officer available and can refer for counselling in house if required.


    Parent support group

    Held 1st and 3rd Tuesday 13:00 – 14:30 at Footsteps Childrens Centre, Ochill Terrace, Billingham, TS23 2QL.


    Who’s who on the unit?

    Consultant(s) on the unit

    Dr C Harikumar, Professor S Gupta, Dr S Janakiraman, Dr S Job, Dr Prakash Loganathan


    Unit manager

    Janice Atkinson

    Medical Staff: Senior House Officers and Registrars are based within the Unit of whom you will be in contact with Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (ANNP) – Jane Malcolm, Sue Stones

    Sisters/ TeamLead: Sue Stones, Linda Newcombe, Jayne Jobling, Denise Carr, Marie Lawton, Julie King, Julie Colarossi

    Staff Nurses: A team of 41 Qualified Neonatal Nurses work on the Unit

    Research Nurses: Wendy Cheadle


    Infant feeding coordinator

    Lorraine Spencer – Specialist Midwife


    Family centred care lead

    Rebecca Taylor


    Community nursing team

    Katy Quinn/Claire Flanagan

    Housekeepers: Lynne, Kay, Glynnis and Jan

    Domestic: Linda and Jean


    What to expect when you arrive

    How to access the Unit

    The Neonatal Unit (Ward 23) is situated on the 2nd Floor Main Tower Block and access to the Unit is gained through an Intercom System. Main Door to the Unit is Locked at all times and released for access.


    Who to talk to if you have any concerns

    Debbie Bryan – Ward Matron, Jane Malcolm – Clinical Lead or any of our Team Leads/Sisters


    Talking to the medical team

    You can discuss any concerns on the Ward Round or alternatively Time will be made available upon request.


    Ward round

    Daily Starting approximately 09:30am


    Baby rest time

    Quiet Time for Babies is 13:00-15:00 hours daily

Location Directions

    By car

    Nearest car park

    Main Car Park situated directly in Front of Hospital


    Car parking charges

    • £3 – 12 Hours Multiple Visits
    • £6 – 24 Hours Multiple Visits
    • £10 – 28 Day Pass


    By bus

    Nearest bus stop

    Within Hospital Grounds – Opposite Main Entrance


    By train

    Nearest railway station



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Location Visiting Info

    Visiting information


    Open Visiting



    Open Visiting



    4 – 6pm


    Family and Friends

    4 – 6pm


    Number of visitors

    Maximum 4 including a parent



    No Children Under 12 unless Sibling of Infant


    Hygiene and infection prevention

    Outdoor Coats can be hung up near the Parents Sitting Room. We request that ALL Visitors use the Hand Gel on entry to the unit. Gel Dispensers are situated throughout the Unit including at each cot side. Hand Basins are situated in each room.


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