Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Elliot Hospital

Newborn Intensive Care Unit At Elliot Hospital

About NICU

As the only Level III Newborn Intensive Care Unit in the greater Manchester area, the Elliot NICU has the high-tech resources and a team of neonatologists, nurses, and respiratory care therapists specializing in premature infant care to care for the tiniest of patients. Babies in our care receive close observation, attention, and intervention for their very unique needs.

More than heroic intervention at the earliest stages of life, the NICU at the Elliot offers a unique blend of technology and compassion that encourages healing and growth for babies and their parents.

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The NICU

The Reception Desk Private and semi-private room
    
A celestial themed-decor greets parents and visitors as they enter the NICU and visit the Reception Desk. Private and semi-private rooms provide a quiet environment for our tiniest patients and their families. Each room is equipped with individual temperature controls, room darkening shades, decibel meters and soundproofing. This helps to provide NICU babies a developmentally appropriate environment that more closely resembles conditions in the womb to help support their treatment.
Family Room Family Room
The family room was donated by Ronald McDonald House Charities. Complete with TV, DVD/VCR, Internet access, kitchenette, laundry facilities and toys, it's a comfortable place for families to gather while their infants receive care.
Overnight room Reflecting area
Parents are welcome to stay overnight in their baby's room or one of two private overnight rooms in special circumstances. Our reflecting area provides parents and staff with a quiet place to relax while looking out on expansive views of Manchester.

 

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The NICU Team

The NICU team is made up of many health care professionals with special training and skills. Some of these health care professionals have daily contact with your baby; others when requested. These professionals work as a team to meet your baby's special needs and to monitor his/her progress. As our NICU patients require round-the-clock readiness, the team is a significant resource – not only in terms of the breadth of specialties represented, but in terms of the number of practitioners, both in attendance and on call.

Titles of the team members represent a wide range of expertise and specific responsibilities with the NICU. It encompasses many individuals, from professionals with the highest levels of training and certification to volunteers, who are no less dedicated.

 

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Visiting The NICU

Parents are welcome to visit their infants 24 hours a day. Grandparents, siblings and other visitors over the age of 14 are welcome to visit daily with a parent. Siblings under the age of 14 are welcome to visit during these same hours with a parent, however, they will be limited to10 minutes at the infant’s bedside. There must be an adult overseeing any children in the family visiting room while parents remain at their infant’s bedside. A limit of 3 visitors at a time at the bedside is requested.  Changes may occur to visiting policy depending on infection risks in the community.

The NICU is a locked unit requiring all visitors to be let in through the door. ALL visitors must check in with the receptionist upon their arrival.

Parents and families are welcome to use our family waiting room at any time. There is a refrigerator, TV, video games, toys, books, and a washer and dryer for your convenience. Because all families have access to this area, we request that everyone be respectful to the number of people using the room. Parents are also welcome to stay overnight at their infant’s bedside. Please speak to your infant’s nurse for more information.

Because newborns and young infants are often at greater risk for infections, it is important that they be protected from exposures to people who are contagious. Before you visit, please take a moment to consider whether you, as a parent or visitor, or the child accompanying you, have been experiencing any of the following:

- Chicken pox (includes anyone who has never had chicken pox or received the vaccine or are unaware if you have ever had chicken pox)
- Fever (within the past 24 hours)
- Vomiting/Diarrhea (within the past 24 hours)
- Cough, cold or flu (developed within the past week)
- Cold sore/fever blister (not yet scabbed over)
- Boil-Infected Wound (on hand or other uncovered area of the body)

If any of the above symptoms are present, it would be best to POSTPONE YOUR VISIT until the symptoms are gone. A parent with cold symptoms must wear a mask completely covering the nose and mouth.

If you can visit today, remember that WASHING YOUR HANDS THOROUGHLY first will also help protect your baby. The staff at the front desk  will instruct parents and visitors on proper hand washing. 

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