Neonatal services at ULHT are provided at both Lincoln County Hospital and Pilgrim Hospital, Boston.
The local neonatal unit at Lincoln County has recently undergone a full refurbishment costing £2.1 million, and has a cot capacity of 15. The Neonatal Unit provides 24-hour care for premature and sick babies. It is divided into three areas:
- Intensive Care (ICU) – provides support for babies with breathing problems and other specialist treatment needs.
- High Dependency (HD) – provides support for babies who require less intensive care than babies in NICU, but are still not stable enough for care in the SCBU.
- Special Care (SC) – provides support for babies who need tube feeding, additional oxygen support and light therapy (phototherapy).
Transitional Care is also provided on the post-natal ward and staff within the service work on both NNU and Transitional Care in accordance with service needs.
Pilgrim Hospital, Boston is a modern Special Care Baby Unit, with a capacity of 12 cots.. This includes eight Special Care and four Transitional Care cots. Transitional Care is located within the unit. Short term intensive care and stabilisation prior to transfer is provided. Both units work cohesively, in adherence with the care pathways.
The neonatal service within ULHT is continuing to develop and is part of the East Midlands Neonatal Operational Delivery Network.
Ward Matron Lincoln and Boston: Catherine Franklin – email firstname.lastname@example.org