Infants admitted to NICU are generally admitted under the Consultant on service
rostered for that day's admissions.
All infants admitted to NICU are automatically under public care regardless of
whether they have been seen or assessed privately.
If the delivery or baby being admitted has been attended by a private
Consultant, then the infant will be assigned to the Consultant who arranged
the admission, but looked after by the Team of the day. As such the
Resident/Consultant on call assumes responsibility for acute problems.
All day to day management is directed by the Team and Consultant on service that
the infant is currently under, NOT by the private admitting Consultant
(unless that Consultant is also on service).
The parents are informed by the private Consultant admitting their infant, that
their baby is under the Team Care for daily decisions and management, but
that at discharge follow up will be by the private Paediatrician who
Babies seen at North Shore and Waitakere Hospitals by Paediatricians are always
admitted under the Team Consultant on service.