Ministry of Health
The NICU at National Women's Hospital in Epsom moved to the new Women's
Health floor on Level 9 at the Auckland City Hospital in October 2004. This was
the result of several years of planning including significant regional planning.
Considerable attention was given to building a NICU
which could meet the potentially conflicting needs of
babies, families and staff.
The NICU has 3 distinct clinical
Level 3 area cares for infants who
require full ventilation, infants born at less than 30 weeks gestation,
and other infants who require intensive care support.
There are 8 level 3 rooms, each
with 2 cot spaces. In addition, there is a 2-bedded containing 2 cots,
each set up as with the Level 3 cots. The Level 3 (and isolation) rooms
are set up as "pods" of 3 rooms containing a maximum of 6 babies.
Level 3 infant space
Level 2 area can accommodate 20 Level 2 babies, requiring CPAP,
intravenous fluids, and antibiotics. All admissions who do not
require Level 3 care are initially admitted to this part of the nursery.
Infants who have been admitted to the Level 3 area are frequently
transferred to Level 2 once they have recovered sufficiently from their
There are 5 rooms, each
containing a maximum of 4 babies each. There is a "swing room"
which can look after 4 Level 2 babies or 3 Level 3 babies.
Level 2 infant spaces
|The other area
is the Parent-Infant Nursery (or PIN).
This is an area for low dependency Level 2 infants, with the focus being
on preparing the baby and family for discharge. This has more of a
nursery feel to the environment, and is not set up to provide intensive
care or monitoring.