Newborn Care Centre - NICU
- We provide care for newborn babies with the most complex illnesses requiring sophisticated technology and/or major surgery.
- We receive babies from other NICUs in NSW and beyond for higher and more complex level of care.
- We provide leadership within tiered perinatal network and act as peak referral service.
- We hold the role beyond our own Local Health District (LHD) and provide statewide specialist services.
- We have over 1000 newborn infants admitted to our NCC every year.
- We provide personalised care by providing the right treatment to the right baby at the right time and in the right way, in partnership with parents and families.
- We have an in-house team of over 190 medical, nursing and allied health clinicians providing 24/7 care for babies within the NICU and the wards.
- In addition, we have a number of visiting specialists and allied health team from our co-located Sydney Children's Hospital to provide around the clock care when needed.
- The visiting specialists include every paediatric speciality including but not limited to surgeons, cardiologists, paediatric intensivists, geneticists and metabolic disease specialists, endocrinologists, dermatologists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, orthopaedic surgeons, immunologists, haematologists and oncologists.
Perinatal and Women’s Mental Health Psychology Service
The Perinatal and Women’s Mental Health Service supports women who are receiving antenatal care at the Royal, who have birthed at the Royal within the last year and live within the SESLHD, and parents whose babies are in the NICU.
For more information, see the Perinatal and Women’s Mental Health Psychology Service page.
Babies on Postnatal Wards
There are about 3,000 births at the Royal Hospital for Women each year. Our team provide neonatal services to all these babies.
Hospital in The Home (HITH)
We provide Hospital in The Home Program. HITH is a model of care that allows continuity of hospital care for your baby in your home while under close supervision of our team. This program reduces the length of stay of a baby in the hospital and encourages smooth transition of care from controlled ICU environment to home. A range of clinical conditions and babies can be effectively and safely managed without needing to be in hospital. While HITH is entirely voluntary, it's important to know that your baby under the HITH program is still treated as an admitted patient, with the same standard of care that your baby would receive in hospital. You are taught to manage baby’s tube feeds at home while establishing full sucking feeds.
- The visiting rules are displayed at the entrance to NCC. These rules have been formulated to give the most protection to babies while allowing parents to see them as much as they need.
- Quiet time is 1pm-3pm, which coincides with quiet time on the postnatal wards, when we encourage mothers to rest. We ask you not to visit at this time as we dim the lights and allow the babies to also rest.
- We do not encourage you to bring in visitors who are not closely related to your baby, due to the risk of infection for all babies. Children are not permitted unless they are brothers or sisters of baby, as children often carry germs which can place babies at risk of infection.
- Only two visitors per baby are allowed at one time, as there is not enough space to allow room for more. The two people must include one of the parents. Anybody visiting without a parent present will be asked to leave.
- Every person coming into the unit must meticulously wash their hands, even when not touching babies.
- We ask that you stay with your own baby and do not wander around the nursery, as babies (and their parents) are entitled to privacy. Any special visiting requests must be discussed with nursing staff beforehand to avoid confusion and disappointment.
- IF ANY VISITOR IS UNWELL PLEASE DO NOT BRING THEM INTO NEWBORN CARE CENTRE.
Newborn Care follow-up Clinic
- Infants discharged from the postnatal wards and NCC with minor problems are referred to this clinic for short term follow-up.
- The clinic operates twice a week under the supervision of a neonatologist.
- The clinic provides follow-up until 3-4 months of age after which the infant may be referred to a paediatrician and/or GP for ongoing care.
Growth and Development Clinic
- Infants born very early or very sick in the newborn period may take longer to achieve their developmental milestones.
- The aim of the Growth and Development Clinic is to check how these babies are growing and how they are developing.
- Our team at Growth and Development Clinic (also known as G&D clinic) routinely follow up babies less than 29 weeks or less than 1000g at birth. We also follow babies who were very sick newborn period.
- The clinic is run by a dedicated multidisciplinary team including developmental paediatrician, physiotherapist and psychologist.
- Contact for Growth and Development Clinic Coordinator: Ms Brianna Draskovic, phone 02-9382 6190 for any queries about the services
Substance Use in Pregnancy and Parenting Service (SUPPS) Clinic
The Substance Use in Pregnancy and Parenting Service (SUPPS) at the Royal Hospital for Women offers case management and assistance for women and families affected by alcohol and other drug use. This also includes prescription medications that are necessary to maintain a mother’s health.
For more information and how to contact, see the Substance Use in Pregnancy and Parenting Service (SUPPS) Clinic page.
Social Work is an integral part of the NCC team and, along with the clinicians who are looking after your baby, they are here to assist you with practical and emotional support throughout your baby’s admission. The role of social workers is to focus on your wellbeing, helping you to look after yourself as you navigate the journey that your baby has gone through in the NCC.
Read more about the Social Work team and what they offer on the Social Work Support for Newborn Care Parents page.