The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Meet the team

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The neonatal team care for some of our youngest patients at both Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) and St James’s Hospital. The team look after more than 1,700 premature and sick babies every year, making our units some of the busiest in the country.

At the LGI, the team care for babies who require intensive care, surgery or other specialist care. They work closely with the fetal medicine and maternity service so that babies with complex problems can be diagnosed, monitored and delivered in a centre with expertise available if urgent treatment is required after birth.

At St James's Hospital the team provide high dependency and special care for babies. The unit specialises in Family Integrated Care, encouraging parents to take a lead role in their baby’s care. It was the first unit in the country to launch the scheme which has received great feedback from the families who have been involved. The team also spend time preparing babies who have been in hospital for a number of weeks for discharge home.

The multidisciplinary team is made up of variety of staff including nurses, doctors, clinical support workers, housekeepers, ward clerks, nursery nurses, pharmacists and consultants.

The infection control team from the Neonatal Units recently scooped a prestigious award at the annual Reason Neonatal Conference for their work aimed at ensuring a robust and co-ordinated approach to infection prevention. 

Neonatal Consultants 

Dr Sharon English - Lead Clinician, Lead for Palliative Care

Dr Lawrence Miall - Governance Lead

Dr Cath Harrison - Neonatal Transport Lead

Dr Liz McKechnie - Lead for Family Integrated Care, Lead for Infection Prevention and Control

Dr Kathryn Johnson - Research Lead

Dr Hannah Shore - Lead Clinician

Dr Hazel Talbot (Honorary Consultant)

Dr Jo Wright - Lead for Neonatal Organ Donation

Lead Nurses

Matron Neonatal Services - Debra Smith
LGI Lead Nurse - Laura Ealham
St James’s Lead Nurse - Sue Peak

Surgical Lead Nurse - Kelly Gill
Transitional Care - Sam Plets
Outreach Team - Debbie Woodward