Level 3: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
The NICU is the area within the NNU that supports infants who require intensive care. For example, these babies require specialist treatments, ventilation/breathing support, have extremely low birth weights, are seriously ill, or are at a high risk of developing medical complications. In intensive care, a nurse will look after fewer babies than a nurse in level 2/special care.
Level 2: Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU)/High Dependency Unit (HDU)
The SCBU in the NNU supports babies that require a high level of care and close observation. This area is for babies that have recently come through intensive care (level 1), but who still require a high level of care. Some babies will be admitted to this area of the NNU as ‘new admissions’ because they do not require intensive care, e.g., infants coming from home, or transfers from other hospitals. These infants may require initial close observation and further investigations.
Level 1: Nursery
This nursery area of the NNU is for babies who require routine management and is for growing premature babies who are preparing for going home. Here, you will have the opportunity to do most tasks for your baby, such as nappy change, feeding, cuddling, and bathing.