About the NICU

About the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at RHW

If you’ve had anything to do with a premature or critically ill baby, and you live in New South Wales (NSW), you’d probably know The Royal’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Intimately. But if you’ve been lucky enough not to, here are a few statistics.

The Newborn Care Centre (NCC), as it’s fondly known, is the largest Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in NSW. It provides highly specialised medical and surgical care for sick newborn infants, both premature and those born at full term.

Currently, the NCC:

  •  Has 44 beds (cots) including 16 in Level 3 (which is Intensive Care), 18 cots in Level 2 (Intermediate care) and 10 in the lowest level of care, (Level 1) which is where your baby is cared for when you’re very close to going home! 
    •    Cares for up to 1000 babies each year (of which 150 are extremely premature and 350 require ventilator support)
    •    Looks after babies for an average of 4 days (given the number of babies close to full term), but is home to extremely premature babies for up to 100 days or more
    •    Performs the largest number of preterm infant surgeries in NSW and is known as the “preterm surgical centre”
    •    Is one of three tertiary referral units for NSW Neonatal Surgery and babies with abnormalities.

Leading the way in research, training and collaboration:

Collaborating and sharing knowledge is the norm at the NCC, both within the unit and across The Royal and the Sydney Children’s Hospital. This gives its tiny and very sick patients the best chance at survival.