The SCBU provides specialised care and treatment for babies. It is a family centred unit, where parents are not considered to be visitors, but regarded as part of the team caring for your baby. As parents you are encouraged to be involved with your baby’s care, as much as you feel comfortable with.
A paediatrician and junior doctor will see your baby every day. You are welcome to ask questions regarding your baby’s care, and may talk to the paediatrician or junior doctor who is responsible for your baby.
Mothers can be discharged from hospital before baby is discharged home. They can be readmitted as a boarder mother into one of two SCBU rooming–in rooms once baby is near going home. Meals are provided free of charge while you are a boarder mum.
Well Child Provider
When your baby is born your Lead Maternity Carer (LMC) or Midwife looks after you for the first 4-6 weeks. After this time, the Plunket Nurse/Public Health Nurse/Maori Health Provider will call on you, or you can call them, for continuing care.
Remember, if your baby appears unwell after you have gone home call your midwife or your GP as soon as possible.
Transfer to a Specialist Unit
Sometimes it is necessary to transfer a baby to Auckland Starship Hospital or National Women’s Hospital for special care. The Paediatrician will discuss this with the parents if transfer is necessary. They will be transferred back to Whangarei as soon as possible.
For mothers/parents who live out of town, staff can arrange a room where they can rest between feeds or stay overnight if they wish. There are two facilities available, the nurses’ home and the Whanau House. The Whanau House is available for relatives to stay if required. There is a charge for accommodation. Matt can put in the link to the Accommodation template in the A - Z
For parents who have concerns or need help they can contact their nurse first. Other people the nurse or ward clerk can direct parents to for support are:
- Social Workers
- Minister of Religion
- Lactation Specialists
- Specialist Therapists
- Maori Liaison Office/ Takawaenga
- Dr. Catherine Bremner
- Dr. Peter Jankowitz
- Dr. Roger Tuck
- Dr. Vicki Tyrell
Hours: Parents are welcome in the unit at any time. Visitors are welcome in the unit with parent’s permission. No more than two visitors at a time.
Location: First Floor, Whangarei Hospital
Ph: 09 430 4101 ext 8425 or 8426
Neonatal Child & Youth Health Services