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About The Neonatal Unit


The Neonatal Unit (NNU) at CUMH is one of the busiest units in the country catering for approximately 8,000 births at CUMH per year. Approximately 1 in 10 of all babies born in CUMH will require admission to the neonatal unit.

The neonatal unit has approximately 40 cots. Care in the Neonatal Unit is delivered within two clinical areas:

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) 

If your baby requires admission to the neonatal unit we understand that this can be a very stressful time for parents. Our mission is to provide the best possible care for your baby in an environment that supports you, and your baby through this difficult period.  

The Department of Neonatology operates within the Directorate of Women and Children and is led by a team of five Neonatal Consultants and Neonatal Nurses. The delivery of care in the NNU is a complex process and could not effectively be delivered without the support of a multidisciplinary team.  

The Neonatal Unit at CUMH accepts transfers of Sick Infants from the HSE South/South West Region including University Hospital Kerry, Mid Western Regional Maternity Hospital Limerick, Tipperary General Hospital and Waterford Regional Maternity Hospital. Waterford University Hospital The neonatal unit is a highly specialised facility providing an entire range of neonatal care, including intensive care, high dependency care and special care.  

Babies are admitted to the neonatal unit for a number of reasons including Prematurity, Breathing Problems, Neonatal Jaundice and Feeding Issues to mention but a few.  

As an academic facility, teaching of medical, nursing, midwifery and allied health therapy students continues to be a central component in the day to day delivery of care in the Neonatal Unit

Last Modified Date: 07/04/2020 17:08:02