Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Updated Monday 27 February 2023
Neonatal Intensive Care visiting and parent accommodation
Visiting NICU safely:
- Siblings can visit at any time with their parents but must remain at the cot side.
- Visiting for family and friends is from 12pm – 6pm.
- One visit per day for up to 2 people per baby, for up to 1 hour. Unfortunately, this cannot be split into 2 visits for 1 person.
- No visitors to touch/cuddle baby, but this is permitted for siblings.
- Maximum of 4 people, including siblings, per cot side at any one time
- Visitors and siblings are asked to not visit the hospital if they feel unwell. This includes symptoms of Covid-19, sickness, diarrhoea, fever, sore throat or flu.
- Mask wearing is optional in our hospitals for patients and visitors. There may be some circumstances where face masks are required which you may be informed of prior to attending our hospitals or on arrival in ward areas.
- Face masks are available for patients and visitors who choose to wear them.
We appreciate this is really difficult for all families but we thank you for your understanding in this matter.
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a well established neonatal service with specialist medical and neurological treatment providing intensive care, high dependency care, special care and transitional care for hundreds of babies each year.
Based at Southmead Hospital, Bristol, we are one of the Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Units for the South Western Delivery Network.
We have 34 cots, comprising of 16 Intensive care or high dependency cots and 18 special care cots.
At Southmead Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit we are proud of our extensive facilities available for family use.
We have a dedicated multi-disciplinary team providing high quality care for sick and premature babies.
Frequently asked Neonatal Intensive Care Unit questions.
Useful Neonatal Intensive Care Unit links.
Our shift starts at 7.30am where 12 colleagues and I meet in the ward office to be informed of important safety and unit information for the day.
When our daughter was born 12 weeks early and admitted to NICU it was without doubt the most traumatic event that had occurred during my life.