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Neonatal intensive care unit

The Portland Hospital is the only private maternity unit in London with its own, on-site Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for premature and ill babies.

Based in the main hospital, the unit offers advanced technology and trained healthcare professionals to monitor and care for babies who require a higher level of care following delivery. It is managed by consultant neonatologists and a highly skilled specialist team of neonatal nurses. The unit is supported by our wider group of consultant paediatric subspecialists.

The NICU supports babies who deliver from 30 weeks onwards. Currently 6 per cent of babies born at The Portland require care in the unit.

Most babies admitted to the unit are premature (born before 37 weeks of pregnancy), have low birth weight or have a medical condition which requires intensive care. As a baby grows and requires less invasive medical support they are moved to the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU).

As a small and friendly unit, we offer continuity of care with the same neonatal nurses caring for your baby from admission to NICU to discharge from SCBU. This allows the nurses to get to know each baby individually and understand their specific needs. It also enables parents to get to know and trust the people who are looking after their baby.

Should you go into labour between 24-30 weeks gestation, after discussion with your consultant obstetrician or The Portland Hospital labour ward, you will be directed to your nearest NHS hospital specialising in complex neonatal care. Please note that not all NHS neonatal units look after babies born before 30 weeks.

The Portland Hospital can also arrange for babies born within the NHS requiring neonatal services to be transferred to our care.

Read our information sheet about the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit,

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