We completely understand that parents struggle when they are separated from their baby and because of this, we have 24 hour visiting for parents to ensure that they have unrestricted access to their baby. Siblings may accompany parents when they visit but we do request that young children do not visit NICU after 8pm – we do not allow children other than siblings to visit NICU.
Additional visitors are welcome during our visiting times of 2pm until 4pm and 6pm until 8pm – we respectfully request that visitors do not visit outside of these hours but, on the occasions where it is necessary for a visitor to visit outside of these hours, permission must be gained from the nurse in charge. Two visitors, in addition to the baby’s parents, may visit the baby, with additional visitors being required to wait in the NICU waiting area – this is to minimise overcrowding and noise and also to enable nursing staff to quickly and easily reach a baby if a problem occurs.
We have ‘Quiet Time’ between 4pm and 6pm which is strictly parents only – this is part of our Developmental Care programme to help stabilise the babies that are receiving care on NICU and to facilitate their recovery and development.
As with the rest of the maternity unit, NICU has a very strict hygiene policy. We ask that all visitor’s, staff and parents:
- Wash their hands on entering and exiting the unit and use the hand gel provided at each cot;
- Remove outdoor coats prior to entering NICU;
- Do not bring flowers onto NICU;
- Please stay away from NICU if unwell in any way and especially if suffering from a cough, cold, diarrhoea, vomiting, chicken pox, shingles, measles or any other infections illness.
We also request that mobile devices are used sparingly whilst on NICU and that they are switched to ‘Airplane mode’ for the duration of your visit.