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The Neonatal Homecare Service provides care for neonates who have spent time within the Newborn Service.
The service includes the facilitation of discharge planning in the multidisciplinary setting, networking with hospital and community services and co-ordinating issues and overseeing services provided for effective care of the baby in their home environment.
An information pamphlet for parents whose baby is in NICU is available (via the intranet only). Please ask the nurse looking after your baby to print it out for you when you are in NICU.
The Neonatal Homecare Service supports, advises and assists the family in the initial period following discharge to achieve optimum healthcare for their baby.
The aim is to facilitate a smooth transition from hospital to home and gently shift the onus of responsibility of care from the Newborn Unit staff to parents and to integrate families into the community by routine and specialist referrals.
Also babies who:
The service is part of the National Women’s Newborn Service.
0800 – 1630, 6 days per week (Monday to Saturday) excluding public holidays.
When visiting the Homecare Nurse will:
Parents are advised they can phone the Homecare Nurse between the hours of 0800 – 1630 or after these hours, the Newborn Unit.
The Homecare Nurses supply and monitor the use of apnoea monitors in the community. Monitors are only supplied on the recommendation of the Paediatrician caring for the baby. These are usually for a maximum of six months, however assessed on a case by case base.
Teaching sessions for all families admitted to the Newborn Service are given by the Homecare Nurses. These sessions cover infant resuscitation, SUDI risk factors, signs of illness, well child checks, discussion on taking a small baby home.
This is an important part of discharge planning and we encourage all parents/caregivers to attend.