The ‘David Morgan’ neonatal unit (special care baby unit) provides care for babies who need special observation, monitoring, investigations and treatmenthas. Babies may stay on the unit for only a few hours or up to 16 weeks depending on their gestation and the severity of their illness.
The unit cares for infants with a wide range of problems, from sick pre-term babies requiring ventilatory support to babies with respiratory difficulties and those with feeding problems and includes cots with intensive care support.
Medical care is undertaken by a group of paediatricians, all of whom have a special interest in neonatology. Nursing care is provided by highly skilled staff, a number of whom are children’s nurses. A number of senior nurses hold the ‘Special and Intensive Care for Newborn’ certificate. Nurses are supported by healthcare assistants, housekeeping and administrative staff as well as support from other local areas of the hospital including radiology, pharmacy, physiotherapy and social services.
All nursing staff undergo a period of instruction, if newly qualified, until they join the developing mentorship and staff development review system. Student midwives work on the unit whilst studying for their degree in midwifery studies and student nurses work with the team while they undertake their child branch diploma from the University of Bradford. A number of staff have the “Teaching and Assessing in Clinical Practice” certificates and other staff have City and Guilds certificates. Many of the staff are involved in working groups or are undertaking individual projects to continually develop and improve our service.
The unit works with the neonatal unit (regional Level 3 Unit) in Leeds which specialises in surgery and cardiology. We are also park of the Yorkshire Neonatal Network and care for babies from other units when they are busy. The unit covers a large geographical area from the edge of Bradford, the south parts of the Yorkshire Dales, the Bradford Metropolitan area, Craven, East Lancashire and the borders of Leeds.
Staff maintain a friendly atmosphere and work closely together as a team to encourage family centred care – with patients participating in care as much or as little as they feel able. The unit provides a sitting room/playroom and tea and coffee making facilities for parents. We also have two bedrooms and a shower for parents who wish to stay with their baby and meals are provided via the postnatal ward. A private breastfeeding room is also available on the unit.