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 Published: 29/11/2011


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 areas:

The 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
Level 3 infant space

The 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 acute illness.

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
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.

Parent infant nursery