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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Father with baby in our neontal unitThe Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) provides specialist care to sick term and pre-term (premature) newborn babies.

The state-of-the-art facility is located at the Princess Anne Hospital and has 37 cots, 23 intensive/high dependency cots and 14 special care cots.

It is one of the largest neonatal units in the country treating around 900 babies a year, from Southampton, Poole & Bournemouth, Chichester, Dorchester, Basingstoke, the Isle of Wight, Salisbury, Winchester and the Channel Islands.

Call the charity team today on 023 8120 8881 to make a donation, or to discuss current fundraising projects specifically for our neonatal intensive care unit.

Alternatively, if you want to hold your own event to raise money for our youngest patients, get in touch with us and we can provide help, support and advice to you.


Current fundraising project

We are currently fundraising for a specially adapted neonatal ambulance which can be used to transport sick or preterm babies.  The ambulance will cost £120,000 to purchase, and we have already raised a phenomenal £70,000 from existing supporters of the unit through Southampton Hospital Charity. We are now desperate to reach our final target and use the ambulance for our youngest patients.

Ian Chapman, Neonatal Technician comments: “As one of the largest neonatal units in the country, we treat around 900 babies a year from across the South and Channel Islands. This specialist ambulance will be a huge boost to the service and will make an enormous difference in the provision of care for hundreds of poorly infants and their families every year. It will enhance the service we can provide by:

  • ensuring that we spend less time making arrangements for these transfers
  • enabling us to provide a more streamlined service using our own staff who already know the babies and their families
  • allowing us to continue to provide the full intensive care that the babies need from the unit and back.

Amongst the many advantages provided by the new ambulance are the inclusion of specialist transport equipment, greatly increased storage capacity for medical gases, much improved electrical power to support specialist medical equipment, additional seating for family members or nursing/medical staff and the availability of a specialist transport vehicle ready for immediate departure for time critical intensive care transfers. The dedicated neonatal ambulance will also limit the need to draw upon the pool of emergency ambulances available to the general public, thus freeing up paramedic resources. Your support will make a huge difference to our babies and their families.” 

Please donate today to this cause - call us on 023 8120 8881.