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Neonatology (Maternity Services)

Neonatology (Maternity Services)

Referral Process

  • Drs Belani, Carmichael, Gowda, Nallagonda, Selkirk and Vakharia accept GP new patient referrals (<6 months for general paediatric issues) – clinics RC1, RC3, RC5, RC7, RI0, RI2.
  • Dr Sivakumar accepts new GP referrals for paediatric cardiology concerns – clinic HT1, Dr Somisetty accepts referrals for children up to 12 years for investigation of murmurs or family history of congenital cardiac problems – clinic SEC1. 
  • Dr Ali accepts GP/ HV/ Midwife referrals for prolonged neonatal jaundice to the PPJC clinic to be booked through Paediatric unit (PAU).
  • All other clinics are for follow-up subsequent to inpatient neonatal unit stay or for issues detected on the postnatal ward and only accept GP referrals if the patient has transferred into area and needs neonatal follow-up subsequent to inpatient neonatal care in another hospital. 

Patient Information Leaflets

The Neonatology Department provides inpatient and follow-up care for sick and premature (preterm) babies. 

The Neonatal Unit at the L&D is one of the leading Neonatology Departments in the country and is one of only three Level 3 units in the East of England, providing specialist intensive care for the most premature and sick newborn babies. 1 in 7 babies born will need admission and support from the Neonatology Department after delivery. 

We have three separate nurseries in the L&D Neonatology Department with 37 cots in total. 11 cots are in the Neonatal Intensive Care nursery, 8 cots are in the High Dependency nursery and 18 cots are in the special care nursery. 

When a baby is admitted to the Neonatal Unit they will be allocated a 'named consultant' for the length of their stay and each day they will be allocated a named nurse to oversee their care.

Our other Maternity Services are:
Acute Gynaecology Unit
Early Pregnancy
Fetal Medicine


Clinic Type:
- Neurodevelopmental follow-up (BA2)
- Neonatal follow-up clinics (AR1, 091, SCB, BA3, YTU, 531, SOMS, RC2, RC4, RC6, RC8, RI1, RI3)
- Neonatal/paediatric echo clinic - follow-up (HT2, SEC2) and new (SEC1, HT1)
- New patient baby clinic - under 6 months (RC1, RC3, RC5, RC7, RI0, RI2)
- Prolonged Jaundice clinic (PPJC)
- Visiting Paediatric Cardiology clinic – Dr Andrews.

Clinic days/times: Monday AM, Tuesday AM/PM, Wednesday AM/PM, Thursday AM/PM, Friday AM

Links to tertiary centres:
- Great Ormond Street Hospital
- Addenbrooke’s
- The Edwin Lobo Centre
- Kennedy Galton Centre

Procedures Provided

Procedures undertaken in our Unit include the following:

Neonatal and paediatric echocardiography.

Clinicians - Consultants/Specialist Nurses

Neonatal Dr Sivakumar Cons Paeds March 16 1.JPG
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Neonatal Amy Carmichael Cons Neonatal Aug 15 3.JPG
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Neonatal Sakina Ali Cons.JPG
Dr Bharat Vakharia
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Neonatal Jean Egyepong Cons.JPG
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Neonatal Claudia C Ganado.JPG
Neonatal Poonam Belani Cons July 17 1.JPG
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Useful numbers/contacts - All staff can be contacted via switchboard

Business Manager: 
Michelle Hicks 
01582 497374

Urgent issue contact no:
Bleep 597

Clinic reception tel no:

General Manager: 
Tanith Ellis
01582 718665

PAU tel no:
01582 497401

Bleep numbers:
597 (postnatal ward and delivery suite)

Clinical Director:
Dr Jennifer Birch

Outpatients booking department:
01582 561385

Switchboard: 01582 491166