Neonatal intensive care

What is neonatal intensive care?

A neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is an intensive care unit specialising in the care of critically ill newborn infants. Some of these babies are born prematurely and while others are born at term they often have serious conditions such as congenital heart disease, major surgical and complex medical conditions.

How do we help babies who need neonatal intensive care?

The Grace Centre for Neonatal Intensive Care (Grace NICU) at The Children's Hospital at Westmead is a highly specialised 24-bed unit which incorporates a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), High Dependency Unit, Department of Neonatology, Research Unit and a Developmental Follow-Up Clinic.  The Grace NICU forms part of the NSW Perinatal Services Network and provides acute assessment, diagnosis, stabilisation and treatment of babies. In addition, infant follow-up programs are provided with paediatricians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech pathologists, dieticians and social workers.