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Neonatal unit

Everyone hopes their pregnancy will be go smoothly and their baby will be born at term and be healthy. Our Neonatal Unit (NNU) is specially designed and equipped to care for sick and premature babies if things don’t go to plan.

If you give birth early, or your baby needs caring for in a Neonatal Unit, it can be an anxious time for you and your family. We fully understand the rollercoaster of feelings you will experience if your baby is admitted to our unit. We aim to give the very best standard of care to you and your baby and have a permanent team of highly experienced medical and nursing staff who understand just how stressful a time it can be.

When your baby is admitted to the Neonatal Unit, their condition will be assessed and any necessary medical action taken. If you are unable to see your baby immediately, a digital photograph will be taken for you. The equipment may seem strange and frightening, but the nursing staff will be able to explain the purpose of each item. You will always be kept informed of the progress of your baby and please do not be afraid to ask questions at any time.

You will find below more information about the Unit. Our Parent Support Co-ordinator, Pauline Woods and any other member of staff are also available for further advice.  Please watch our short film to can see inside our unit and find out more about how we care for premature and sick babies:


Levels of neonatal care offered at Kingston Hospital

  • Intensive Care –two cots providing medical care for critically ill babies
  • High Dependency Unit (HDU) – four cots for babies who are not critically ill, but require continuous monitoring
  • Special Care - for low dependency babies who need some additional support e.g. with feeding, maintenance of temperature or phototherapy for jaundice.

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Our Neonatal Unit supports all women to breastfeed their baby. Initially this may not be possible for medical reasons and sometimes breast milk may need supplementation with formula feeds for those babies born prematurely.

You will be actively involved in planning your baby’s care and in decisions about feeding. Our nursing staff will be available to advise you on expressing your breast milk if necessary and about hiring of a breast pump for use at home.

Born Too Soon

Born Too Soon is a registered charity established in 1985 by parents and staff to offer support to parents who had a baby or babies being cared for on the Neonatal Unit at Kinston Hospital.

With the help of the local community, Born Too Soon raises funds to purchase specialist equipment for the babies on our unit as well as providing information and support to parents and their families.

For more information on please visit Born Too Soon   

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Useful links about Premature Birth

Bliss - for babies born too soon, too small, too sick Bliss, the special care baby charity, provides vital support and care to premature and sick babies across the UK. Founded 30 years ago, we offer guidance and information at a critical time in families' lives. We also fund ground-breaking research and campaign for babies to receive the best possible level of care regardless of when and where they are born.

The Twins Multiple Births Associations (Tamba) The Twins and Multiple Births Association (Tamba) is a charity set up by parents of twins, triplets and higher multiples and interested professionals. It is the only UK wide organisation that directly helps tens of thousands of parents of twins, triplets and more and professionals to meet the unique challenges that multiple birth families face.



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