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Neonatal Unit

Neonatal Unit

The Neonatal Unit at the L&D is one of only three units in the East of England who provide intensive care for the premature and sick newborn babies.  1 in 7 babies born will need admission and support from the Neonatal Team.   

At the L&D we have two separate nurseries, one for intensive care and one for special care with one high dependency bay.There are 37 cots in the Unit in total.  11 are intensive care cots, 8 are for high dependency and 18 are specials care cots. 

Specially Trained Staff
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.

Other staff in the NICU Team include physiotherapists, dieticians, ophthalmologists and hearing screeners, they may also be involved in looking after your baby. 

Parents are a vital part of our team and play a central role in the care of their baby.  We welcome and encourage parents to spend as much time as possible on the unit caring for their babies.

Babies are all individual and the length of time they spend on the NICU will vary, but as a general rule they are ready to go home when they can maintain their own body temperature, take their feeds and gain weight.

Infection Control
Due to the vulnerability of these patients we take infection control very seriously.  We ask parents to support us with this to ensure the safety of all the babies in our care. 


  • Amy Carmichael Second nameCarmichaelBiographyMBBCh MRCPCH Consultant Neonatologist trained in London. Special interest in chronic lung disease and infection control within the unit. Oversees the care of the babies newly discharged into the community.
  • Bharat VakhariaSecond nameVakhariaBiographyMRCPCH, MD in Paediatrics. Trained in South Yorkshire in the run through training programme with special interest in neonatology.
  • Claudia Chetcuti-GanadoSecond nameChetcuti-GanadoBiographyA Neonatal Consultant at the L&D for three years. Paediatric training in Malta and later in Addenbrookes Hospital, as well as with the ANTS Neonatal Transport Team for the East of England. Special interest in safety of the department and learning lessons from unexpected events.
  • Harsha GowdaSecond nameGowdaBiographyMBBS, MRCPCH(UK), MSc Consultant Neonatologist. Following extensive training nationwide, has been awarded national GRID recognition in Neonatology by the RCPCH.Has an interest in teaching and training and is a RCPCH college tutor. Other interests are evidence based medicine and echocardiography.
  • Jean EgyepongSecond nameEgyepongBiographyNeonatal Consultant
  • Jennifer BirchSecond nameBirchBiographyMBChB MRCPCH MMedSci Trained in Leeds and Sheffield with further neonatal experience in Australia. Consultant in Neonatal Medicine, at the L&D since 2009. Special interests include neonatal nutrition and gastrointestinal problems in the newborn. Neonatal Unit Clinical Director.
  • Jogesh KapadiaSecond nameKapadiaBiographyMBBS, DCH, DNB (Paed), MRCPCH (UK), Diploma in Clinical Risk & Claims Management (UK), PG Cert in Medical Education (UK), FHEA (UK) Consultant in Neonatal Medicine, NICU Lead for Risk & Governance, Royal College Tutor, Newborn Life Support (NLS) Medical Course Director, special interest in neuro-development.
  • Paramasivam Sivakumar Second nameSivakumar BiographyMBBS(Sri Lanka), LRCP, MRCS(UK) FRCP(UK), DCH(London), FRCPCH(UK) Specialised in Tropical Paediatrics in Sri Lanka. Training in London and Australia, including Cardiology, Neonatal and Paediatric training. Consultant Paediatrician with neonatal interest at the L&D since August 1993.
  • Poonam BelaniSecond nameBelaniBiographyMBBS, MRCPCH. Consultant Neonatologist trained in London. NICU audit lead and special interest in neurodevelopment.
  • Sakina AliSecond nameAliBiographyMBBS, MRCPCH, PGDip Paediatric infectious diseases. Completed medical degree at University of London, trained in London receiving specialist training in neonatal medicine (GRID). Joined the neonatal team at L&D as a substantive consultant in 2015. Special interest in neonatal infectious diseases having attained a PGDip at University of Oxford.