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 Published: 16/10/2018


The Newborn Services Clinical Guidelines are on the move.

Newborn Service Clinical Guidelines are now located on the Starship Website.

The Clinical Guidelines button on this website will take you to the new guideline index, or you can go directly to the guidelines on the Starship Website.
NB. Any existing links you have to individual Newborn Services Guidelines will need to be refreshed with their new web address

Drug Protocols remain on the NICU site, however will also move to the Starship site in the near future.

All other content remains on the Newborn Site

We thank you for your patience during this process, and welcome any feedback on the new guidelines via the guideline feedback box at the bottom of each guideline.

National Women's Health at Auckland City Hospital has one of the largest maternity services in New Zealand, with approximately 7,500 deliveries per year.  It offers the highest quality of maternity and neonatal care, and is the regional referral centre for fetal abnormalities (particularly antenatally diagnosed congenital heart disease, where it provides a national service in association with the Starship Health Paediatric and Congenital Cardiac Service).  Our geographic co-location with Starship Children's Health results in ready access to paediatric subspecialty services.

In February 2005, the Newborn Service was awarded a Certificate of Outstanding Achievement for Best Practice by Quality Health New Zealand.

The Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) has 46 cots, comprising 16 Level 3 (intensive care) spaces and 30 Level 2 spaces.  Level 2 spaces are divided into 20 High-Dependency Level 2 spaces and 10 Low-Dependency (Parent-Infant Nursery, or PIN) spaces.  Approximately 900 infants are admitted to NICU per year, of whom around 160 weigh less than 1500g at birth.

The NICU provides Level 3 services for central, north, and west Auckland, as well as Northland.  Level 2 services are provided for central Auckland catchment areas.   Counties-Manukau District Health Board (Middlemore Hospital) has a 30-space Level 3 and 2 NICU that primarily services their catchment population.  Level 2 facilities for the Waitemata District Health Board are available at both North Shore and Waitakere Hospitals, and infants whose parents are domiciled in DHB areas other than central Auckland are usually transferred to Level 2 facilities closer to their home.

For further information about other services available at Auckland District Health Board, refer to the Healthpoint website.

Content last updated November 08, 2018
Maintained by Lois Lingard

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