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Framlingham Ward Neonatal Unit

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Main department telephone no(s): 01473 703070
Ward Matron:
Sheila Gauld
Nearest car park:
Nearest entrance:
Directions from entrance to department:
Car Park G View car parking information.
Entrance 7
From entrance 7 follow signs to Framlingham Neonatal Unit. View hospital map.
Overview: The Neonatal Unit (NNU) functions as a level 2 unit within the Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridge Neonatal Network. This means the unit can provide special, high dependency and intensive care. The NNU has 20 cots; three for babies needing intensive care, four for babies needing high dependency care and 13 for babies needing special care.
The unit cares for approximately 550 babies and their families each year.
Specialities and procedures undertaken: Babies admitted to the unit are those born at less than 36 weeks gestation, those weighing less than 2kg, or any sick baby.
In addition to caring for the babies on the unit, staff also aim to prepare families for their baby's homecoming so that they feel confident in continuing his or her care. A learning atmosphere is fostered on the unit where staff are encouraged to develop and feel supported and valued.
Visiting times: Parents and siblings of babies in the unit can visit at any time.
Other visitors are welcome 6 pm - 7 pm. We ask that there are only two visitors at a time per cot.
Ward rounds: Consultant-led ward rounds on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Registrar-led ward rounds on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays.
Facilities for relatives: There is accommodation available for parents, including a lounge with a kettle, fridge, microwave and television, a feeding room and a quiet room.
Additional information: For support after your baby has left hospital, please contact your midwife, health visitor or GP.

Key contact:
Good communication is very important to everyone: the parents, family and friends and the nursing team. We would therefore be grateful if the parent becomes the 'key contact' who passes information on to others who may be concerned.

All families receive a Bliss information pack which includes a number of leaflets. Bliss is a national charity working to help care for premature and sick babies.

If you would like to make a donation to the Neonatal Unit, please make cheques payable to 'Special Care Amenity Fund'.


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