The Neonatal Unit is part of the Paediatric Department.

Around 1 in 10 newborn babies need specialist support, with approximately 2% of those babies requiring intensive care. This is to help mature organ systems or recover from illness. The Neonatal Unit is able to care for up to 24 babies at a time between 12 special care cots, 8 intensive/high dependency care cots, 2 mother and baby rooms and 2 isolation cubicles.

The unit’s philosophy of care is to provide the highest standard of neonatal care in a family orientated environment. Each and every baby is treated as an individual with unique needs, and we include the emotional and social needs of all babies into our care to support their development and recovery.

The purpose built unit was opened in 2000 and is run by specialist doctors, nurses and nurse practitioners. Many of our staff have worked here much of their career, which many parents feel makes the unit like a little community during their baby’s recovery. Many of the unit’s nurses have completed university accredited courses in neonatal care.

Useful Info

  • The Northern Neonatal Network has also developed a very handy app, which includes information for families of premature and sick babies, with key information our hospital and neonatal unit.
  • The BLISS website also have lots of great online resources including video tour of a unit, different levels of care and how to be involved

Contact us

0191 5699153

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Finding us

The Neonatal Unit is located on D level of Sunderland Royal Hospital’s Chester Wing.  It is most easily reached from Chester Road, through the Maternity Block entrance on the right of Chester Road Outpatients Entrance 5.

Our team

Clinical Lead: Dr Majd Abu Harb
Consultant Neonatologist: Dr Imran Ahmed
Consultant Neonatologist: Dr Ruppa Geethanath
Consultant Neonatologist: Dr Lorna Gillespie
Consultant Neonatologist: Dr Chike Onwuneme
Neonatal Unit Manager: Emily Cameron
Divisional General Manager: Jackie Butterworth
Directorate Manager: Joanna Clark    
Matron: Richard Allsop