I have just got back from a visit to Saint Mary’s Hospital’s New Born Intensive Care Unit. NICU provides specialised treatment and care for the most vulnerable newborns that need complex and extensive medical care.
The unit currently has the capacity to handle up to 58 newborns with the facilities to accommodate parents to give some comfort and relief, either in the unit itself or in the newly built Ronald McDonald house across the way.
I was lucky enough to be able to see all the wards in the unit, including intensive care. I was astonished at the level of one to one care required for most of the babies and the sheer intensity which is required.
The way the unit is organised reminded me of a military operation. From delivery to intensive care, high dependency and after care, the chain never breaks and is as you would imagine, down to a fine art.
It is superb to see a unit such as NICU (and all of the units at St Mary's) keep the dedication, composure and professionalism required to provide the high standards of care which we all expect from the NHS.