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Oxford Newborn Care Unit

Welcome to the Newborn Care Unit (also known as the Neonatal Unit) at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.

We provide specialist medical and surgical care for babies across the Thames Valley Neonatal Network, and have a specialist transport team to pick up sick babies from our partner hospitals.

All expectant parents hope their babies will be healthy. Yet sometimes problems arise, such as being born prematurely, having a difficult delivery, or antenatal concerns, that require admission for treatment.

It can be very stressful when your baby is admitted to Newborn Care. The doctors, nurses, support workers, social worker, clinical psychologist and other professionals on the unit will do their best to support you; it can be very helpful for you to become involved in your baby's care and we will encourage this.

Information is provided on these web pages to help you as parents understand some of the problems of sick and premature babies. You will also find information on how the unit functions.

Once your baby has settled in, they will receive care tailored to his or her specific needs. The doctors will update you regularly on the condition of your baby; and the nurse caring for your baby on any shift will update you on their immediate progress. You can visit or phone the unit at any time, day or night.

Find us and contact us

  • Oxford Newborn Care Unit
    Level 2, Women's Centre
    John Radcliffe Hospital
    Oxford OX3 9DU
  • Oxford Newborn Care Unit secretaries
    Tel: 01865 221355
  • Directorate Matron, Sharon Buchanan
  • Specialist Matron, Natalie Rae


Support groups

Support for Sick Newborn and their Parents (SSNAP)

Oxford Newborn Care Unit is supported by the registered charity, Support for Sick Newborn and their Parents (SSNAP).

Support for Sick Newborn and their Parents (SSNAP)

Tel: 01865 221359

Bereavement support

Bereavement services following late miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death

Infant feeding

Prematurity information

Having a premature baby -

Screening tests

Transport service

Work for us

We are currently recruiting staff for our Newborn Care Unit - to find out more please visit:

Oxford International Neonatal and Paediatric Fellowship Scheme

This scheme is for non-UK / EEA paediatricians, with MRCPCH or other such postgraduate qualifications, to undertake high quality postgraduate training in paediatrics for a maximum of 24 months, before returning to work in their home countries.

Oxford International Neonatal and Paediatric Fellowship Scheme