Somerset Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Somerset Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Somerset Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (SNICU) is a specialised ward for the treatment of premature and sick newborn babies. The unit cares for sick and preterm babies within Somerset.

SNICU is a local neonatal unit and is situated in the maternity building. The unit is divided into two different areas Intensive and special care. There are 18 cots in total.

Neonates that require any of the below can be cared for by SNICU:

  • continuous monitoring of their breathing or heart rate
  • additional oxygen
  • tube feeding
  • phototherapy (neonatal jaundice)
  • recovery and convalescence from other care i.e. surgery
  • short term intensive care
  • with apnoeic attacks who require support
  • receiving parenteral nutrition
  • needing respiratory support (ventilation)

The unit has experienced nursing and medical staff that can provide excellent care for the neonates.

  • Neonatal nurses spend the most time caring for your baby
  • Neonatal nurse practitioners work on SNICU
  • The nurse in charge of the neonatal unit is the ward manager
  • The consultant is the senior doctor in charge of your baby’s medical care. His or her team of junior doctors
  • Sometimes other specialist doctors, such as a surgeon, will also be involved in your baby’s treatment
  • Depending on your baby’s individual needs, other professionals may also help with their care, including physiotherapists, radiographers, pharmacists and dieticians

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