What we do
We look after babies with three sorts of problems:
- Those born very early or too small
- Those who have problems in the way that they are made (congenital anomalies)
- Those who become ill around the time of birth with problems like infection
Leeds has a full and wide-ranging multidisciplinary team who are available for every baby who needs specialised care.
- Neonatal intensive care
- Paediatric surgery
- Paediatric cardiology
- The Children’s Liver team
- Children’s renal team
- Paediatric neurology and neurosurgery specialists
We are supported by specialist pharmacists, physiotherapists, dieticians, speech therapists and occupational therapists to ensure that babies receive the best all round care.
Newborn care in Leeds is currently provided in two hospitals. At the Leeds Children’s Hospital (LGI site), we care for babies who require intensive care, surgery or other specialist care. We work closely with the fetal medicine and maternity service. This means that babies with complex problems can be diagnosed, monitored in the womb and delivered in a centre with expertise available if urgent treatment is required after birth.
At St James's Hospital we 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. We also spend time in preparing babies who have been in hospital for a number of weeks, for discharge home.
Babies admitted to the Leeds Centre for Newborn Care may move between the two hospitals. Babies who have been cared for at Leeds Children’s Hospital will move either to St James’s or to a unit closer to home once they no longer require intensive care or specialty input. Babies born at St James’s who need a higher level of care will be moved to Leeds Children’s Hospital. Transfers between the hospitals are carried out by Embrace, the specialist Children’s and Infant Transport Team.
The medical and nursing teams work across the two units. We have an award winning outreach nursing team, who support families in the weeks and months after discharge home. The service also runs an outpatient clinic twice weekly in Martin Wing, LGI, where babies are seen up to the age of 2 years.
Short term parental accommodation is available on both units and within the Leeds Children’s Hospital. Parents of babies on the units are eligible to apply for accommodation, but priority will be given to parents from outside Leeds and to those whose babies are very poorly.