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​Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU)

We are a small, busy friendly unit located opposite the Maternity Unit in East Wing.

There are approximately 250 babies admitted to us each year. The babies we care for are either premature (from approximately 32 weeks onwards) or unwell. Only under exceptional circumstances do we admit babies who have already been home.

We understand what an emotional time this can be for parents and the rest of the family. We try very hard to support the family as much as possible. Parents can be reassured their baby will be well looked after and receive excellent care from us.


Parents are welcome to visit any time.

Between 9am-7pm siblings and grandparents are welcome to visit.  All visitors (minimum age 16 years) are welcome between 2pm-6pm. 

A maximum of three adult visitors per baby please, one of which must be the baby’s parent or carer.

We advise visitors/siblings not to visit the babies if they are unwell as babies on SCBU are very vulnerable to infection.


The entrance to SCBU is locked and parents and visitors can only gain access after a member of staff has released the doors. To gain access, please press the intercom button on the left of the doors.

Other information

Car parking: Parents of babies on SCBU are entitled to free parking

Senior Sister: Alison Bryan

Direct line: 01305 254234 or through main switchboard on 01305 251150