We have a neo-natal unit which cares for babies from 32 weeks gestational age and above.
The neo-natal unit provides care for babies who need special observation, monitoring, investigations and treatments. Babies may stay on the unit for only a few hours or for a period of weeks, depending on their age and how much care they need.
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. All senior nurses are qualified to provide the specialist care that babies require. 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 care.
At Airedale, we work with two other neonatal units: Leeds specialises in surgery and cardiology, and Bradford supports the care of the more preterm and sick newborns. We are also part of the Yorkshire Neonatal Network and babies can be transferred from other hospitals depending on the care they need.
All staff maintain a friendly atmosphere and work closely together to promote family integrated care with parents participating in the care of their baby as much 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.