Special Care Nursery

The Special Care Nursery (SCN) is a specialised unit within St George Hospital that provides care for babies who may require additional support and monitoring. These babies may be born prematurely, with low birth weight, or have medical complications that require specialised care.

In the SCN, your baby will be cared for by a team of skilled healthcare professionals, including paediatric doctors, neonatal nurses, lactation consultants and allied health professionals such as speech pathologists and dietitians. Our team will work together to provide comprehensive care to your baby. 

Whilst your baby is in SCN, we may need to use specialised equipment such as an isolette, respiratory supports and monitors to observe your baby’s breathing, heart rate, and other vital signs. Your baby may also receive feeding support, such as tube feeding or IV nutrition, to help them grow and develop. 

While it can be difficult to have your baby in a SCN, rest assured that your baby is receiving the best possible care from a dedicated team of healthcare professionals. Your healthcare team will keep you informed about your baby's progress, and work with you to create a personalised care plan that meets your baby's unique needs.

•    Parents are welcome in the SCN at any time and we encourage frequent visiting
•    Visitors are welcome between 3pm-8pm.
•    A maximum of three people can be at the bedside at any time during visiting hours. One of these must be a parent.

Siblings are welcome in the SCN with a parent at any time. Siblings are to be supervised at all times. No other children are permitted in the SCN. 

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