Transitional care

Transitional care

Transitional care - Crocus
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Location: Level 1 in the women and children’s centre at Peterborough City Hospital, opposite the Delivery Suite.

Telephone: 01733 677331 or 01733 677332

Our friendly team of midwives look after babies who need slightly more care than the routine care on our maternity inpatient ward, but do not require the full care of our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

These babies could include small babies weighing 1800-2200g, jaundice babies, babies requiring IV antibiotics and babies of a well-controlled Diabetic mother, including Gestational Diabetes.

Our Transitional Care Ward enables babies to remain with their mothers while receiving the specialist care they require.

Visiting times

  • Partners: 8am to 8pm 
  • All other visitors: 2pm to 4pm 
  • All other visitors: 6pm to 8pm     

The only children permitted on the wards are siblings of the baby and children over the age of 14 years.

Ward facilities

  • The ward has 14 beds, 6 of which are single rooms and 8 are in bays.
  • Single rooms all have en-suite facilities including a toilet and shower.
  • Each bed as a TV

We encourage you to care for your baby as best your can but the staff are available to offer assistance and advice should it be needed.

Please note that we do not provide nappies, clothes, cotton wool or toiletries, please ask visitors to bring them in for you.

We have an infant feeding team available who can offer feeding advice and assistance.  

Meal times

Meals are served at the bedside three times a day by the ward hostess. There are tables in the 4 bedded areas for you to eat at if you want to. 

  • Breakfast 8.30am             
  • Lunch 12.30pm   
  • Dinner 5.30pm

Hot drinks are available for patients use.

Most babies who require care on Transitional Care will remain with us for at least 48hrs, this will vary depending on why you baby requires Transitional Care.

Before you are discharged your baby will need a physical examination by a paediatrician and to be discharged from paediatric care. Your midwife will need to complete your and your baby’s daily check to ensure that you are both fit to be discharged from hospital.

Your baby will also be offered a hearing screen prior to discharge, however may need an outpatient appointment if the hearing screening team do not get a clear response, this does not mean there is a problem with your babies hearing, it could be that there is still fluid inside the ear from delivery. If it has been recommended for your baby to a BCG vaccination, this will also be given prior to discharge.

Once all checks have been completed, your midwife will need to complete your discharge paperwork. You will be given information by your midwife about follow up visits from both your Community Midwife and Health Visitor. You will also be given advice on safe sleeping, smoking and childhood illnesses. You will be given telephone numbers to contact the maternity helpline if you have any concerns or your do not receive a visit from your Community Midwife the day following your discharge.

A car seat should be used for taking baby home.