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Newborn Intensive Care (NICU)

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What do we do?SMH Baby in Incubator

Our Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is one of the five directorates (specialties) that make up Saint Mary's Hospital.

NICU is designed to provide specialist care for:

  • Babies born early (prematurely) from 23 weeks' gestation and above.
  • Babies with health problems diagnosed before birth (antenatally) or after birth (postnatally).
  • Full-term babies who have unexpectedly become unwell.

As well as serving our local population, we are also one of three tertiary (specialist) level neonatal units providing care to the smallest and sickest infants across Greater Manchester.

We have 59 cots and admit approximately 900 babies per year.  We care fBaby's foot and toy in cotor babies who require medical and surgical care and we also specialise in caring for babies with a range of conditions, such as:

  • Complex respiratory disease
  • Complex renal and cardiac problems
  • Neonates requiring surgical care
  • Complex genetic and metabolic problems
  • Diagnostic screening for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) and choice treatment by cryotherapy or laser

How are babies admitted to our unit?

Babies are admitted either following their birth on our delivery units or they may be transferred from other hospitals in the region if their local hospital is unable to provide the appropriate level of care.  Click here to find out more about the Greater Manchester Neonatal Network.

Transport Service

Babies who are transferred to or from Saint Mary's Hospital will normally be cared for by the Greater Manchester Neonatal Transport Service. This team of nurses, nurse practitioners and doctors is based at Saint Mary's, but cares for babies being transferred across all the hospitals in Manchester. They have a great deal of experience in caring for sick and premature babies being transferred and take care to do so in the safest way possible. Click here for more information about the Neonatal Transport Service (GMNeTS).Wallart 2


Saint Mary's Hospital - 2nd Floor (Ward 68)

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How to contact us

Reception: 0161 901 2700 (9.00 am - 5.00 pm)

Outside of these hours please phone the room where your baby is being cared for.  The number will be on the information you've been given.

Key personnel:

Ngozi Edi-Osagie

Clinical Director - Dr Ngozi Edi-Osagie

Dr Edi-Osagie provides clinical leadership for the Unit and ensures effective management and support for medical staff.

She is responsible for clinical effectiveness arrangements within the directorate and oversees matters of clinical policy and practice, staffing, education and training.  She works in partnership with the Directorate Manager and Lead Nurse to provide joint accountability for the quality and performance of the directorate, development of the directorate strategy and business developments.


Christine Ashworth

Directorate Manager - Christine Ashworth

As Directorate Manager for NICU, Christine works in conjunction with the Clinical Director and Lead Nurse to ensure that the Unit meets all necessary activity and performance requirements.  She manages all non clinical staff and is responsible for the operational efficiency of the Unit and effective use of all resources.



Louise Weaver Lowe Lead Nurse - Louise Weaver-Lowe

Louise has responsibility for the overall day to day management of the unit and the wellbeing of the infants in our care, the parents and families, and the nursing staff.

She will provide professional and clinical leadership and works collaboratively with the lead nurses within the Greater Manchester area to support the delivery of excellent neonatal care wherever your baby is cared for.



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Useful Links:

The Royal College of Paediatrics

The British Association of Perinatal Medicine

The British Association of Paediatric Surgery


Baby Friendly Initiative

The National Breastfeeding Helpline


La Leche League GB