Newborn Intensive Care (NICU)
What do we do?
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
- 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 55 cots and admit approximately 850 babies per
year. We care for 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
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).
Saint Mary's Hospital - 2nd Floor (Ward 68)
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How to contact us
Reception: 0161 701 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
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
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.
Lead Nurse - Heather Birds
Heather's role 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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The Royal College of
Association of Perinatal Medicine
Association of Paediatric Surgery
The National Breastfeeding Helpline