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Oxford Newborn Care Unit staff

Many different professionals on the Oxford Newborn Care Unit make a valuable contribution. We work as a team and respect each other's professional drive to improve outcomes and quality.

Consultants

Neonatal consultants are based on the unit:

  • Monday to Friday 9.00am - 10.00pm
  • Weekends 9.00am - 5.00pm

There is always a consultant on call for emergencies outside of these hours.

Each week eight consultants are on duty, so if your baby is with us for more than a few days you will get to meet many of us. We operate a shared-care model, in which we all take responsibility for your baby's wellbeing. The consultant on duty at the time of your baby's birth will be assigned for follow-up, if necessary.

  • Dr Eleri Adams (Clinical Lead)
  • Dr Ana Alercon-Allen
  • Dr Mark Anthony
  • Dr Charlotte Bennett
  • Dr Amit Gupta
  • Dr Kevin Ives
  • Dr Kenny McCormick
  • Dr Zoltan Molnar
  • Dr Fran O'Brien
  • Dr Charles Roehr
  • Dr Dominic Wilkinson

Oxford Newborn Care Unit secretaries

  • Tel: 01865 221355
  • Monday to Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm

Nurses

There are over 150 nurses working on the unit, covering two overlapping 13 hour shifts per day.

There are a lot of faces to learn; however the nurses tend to work in one area of the unit – ITU nurses in ITU, HDU nurses in HDU, and on consecutive days the same nurse will often look after the same baby.

In this way, it is easier to develop a relationship with your baby's nurse/s than it might seem from the total number of nurses.

ITU nurses usually care for two babies at a time, HDU nurses care for three babies, and LDU nurses care for four babies, reflecting the different intensities of work for each area of the unit. We are not only good at nursing babies, but also providing support to you as parents at this stressful time.

  • Matron: Sharon Buchanon
  • Deputy Matron: Natalie Rea

Unit Secretary

  • Tel: 01865 221362

Other staff

Family support workers

  • Tel: 01865 221236

Claire Leach and Siobhan Moss are our family support workers, and one or other is available Monday to Friday to give financial and other advice for families in need, especially on the challenges created by the arrival of a sick newborn baby. Please call if you would like to chat.

They work closely with the Women's Centre social work team.

Psychological support

Dr Jacinta Cordwell is our Psychologist. She works part-time, but is there to give support to parents and staff, especially to help with coping mechanisms in what can be a very challenging time. Please ask the nurse looking after your baby if you wish to meet with Dr Cordwell.

Ward clerks

Heather, Shirley, Rachael, Georgia, Alison, Farzana and occasionally others will greet you at reception. The ward clerks have a great deal of experience and knowledge about the running of the unit - please ask, if you have questions.

Neonatal Outreach Team

  • Tel: 01865 220409

A team of three Community Neonatal Nurses, Michelle Sarsfield-Hall, Karen Liddle and Leion Florey, are available Monday to Friday to do home follow-up after discharge of extremely preterm babies and those with more complex medical needs.

Carmen Hayes works closely with the outreach team as the Discharge Planning Coordinator.

Junior doctors and advanced neonatal nurse practitioners (ANNP)

Junior doctors and advanced neonatal nurse practitioners staff the unit around the clock. Our highly skilled nurse practitioners undertake the same roles as the junior doctors.

Breastfeeding support and Human Milk Bank

Many of our nurses are trained to give feeding / breastfeeding advice; some have a dedicated breastfeeding role and others are engaged in maintaining stocks of donor breast milk for extremely premature babies. We maintain one of only 16 human breast milk banks in the UK.

Physiotherapy

Our neonatal physiotherapist, Fran, works Monday to Friday. The ITU nurses undertake chest physiotherapy out-of-hours, where necessary.

Occupational therapy

Our neonatal occupational therapist, Amanda Lawes, has expertise in positioning, neurodevelopmental assessment and developmental care.

Dietitian

Claire Berry provides additional support to ensure babies' feeding and growth are optimal, and has a specialist role in providing dietary advice for a variety of complex but rare metabolic and gastroenterology conditions.

Speech and language therapy (SALT)

  • Tel: 01865 572390

Zoe Gordon is our SALT specialist, here to support babies, typically with more complex needs, to establish feeding safely and efficiently. This may include developing pre-feeding skills such as tolerance of touch around the face, encouraging sucking skills, and helping carers understand how subtly pre-term babies communicate their readiness to feed.

Cleaners and nursery assistants

Sarah, Mahesh, Geri, Amanda, Lucy, Sarah, Shellie and Anne all contribute to the vital role of keeping the unit and equipment clean and germ-free. This is a particularly important role, as newborn babies, especially premature, are highly prone to infection.

Research nurses

Sheula, Sarah and Bryony form the core research nurses, but there are many other research specialists associated with clinical trials and other research projects on the unit.

Research today may not directly help your baby, but it is such a crucial way to improve care for babies in the future: if you would like your baby to be involved in a clinical trial, please ask to speak to one of the research nurses.

Specialist teams

We work closely with many other specialist teams based in the Oxford Children's Hospital.

We have close links with, and occasionally transfer older babies to, Paediatric HDU and ITU.