Canterbury Hospital Canterbury Hospital

Special Care Nursery

The Special Care Nursery provides care for babies who are born after 34 weeks gestation and who require closer observation and management than can be done in the other areas of the unit.

The nursery has a staff paediatric/neonatologist specialist and a number of visiting paediatric medical officers, midwives and nurses who have enhanced skills in caring for neonates (very young babies).

Staff at the unit recognise that the separation of mother and infant can be a stressful time and work hard to minimise the effects of this, parents are encouraged to remain as involved in the care of their child as is possible in such a circumstance.