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Oxford Children's Hospital

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

Medical secretaries

Tel: 01865 221355 / 227918 Monday to Friday

Unit secretary

Tel: 01865 221362

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.

  • Children's Directorate Matron: Sharon Buchanon
  • Specialist Matron in Newborn Care: Natalie Rea

Other staff

Psychological support

Our psychologists support parents and staff, helping with coping mechanisms for what can be a very challenging time. Please ask the nurse looking after your baby if you wish to meet with a psychologist.

Ward clerks

Our ward clerks will greet you at reception. They 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, Diane Newman, Karen Liddle and Leion Forry, 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 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

We have a Neonatal Infant Feeding Team on the unit and all our nurses are trained to give feeding/breastfeeding advice.

We maintain one of only 16 human breast milk banks in the UK, which is run by Amanda Wood.

Physiotherapy

A Neonatal Physiotherapist works on the Newborn Care Unit. The ITU nurses undertake chest physiotherapy out-of-hours, where necessary.

Occupational therapy

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

Dietitian

Our dietitian 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

Our cleaners and nursery assistants 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

We have a small team of research nurses who work closely with the unit, 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.