Neonatal Unit and Special Care Baby Unit

Some babies require special care, whether due to prematurity, illness at delivery, or health problems during their stay at hospital.

The staff understand that it is an extremely emotional time when your baby/babies are staying in a neonatal unit. They will give you as much support and information as possible. The team will explain your baby’s treatment and show you how to use any relevant equipment. They will support you to do as much of your baby’s care as possible, and you will be fully involved in any decisions about the treatment they need. Staff can also signpost you to any additional support you might need.

Learn more about babies who need special care.

Both Northampton General Hospital and Kettering General Hospital are part of the East Midlands Neonatal Operational Development Network (EMNODN).

Babies who are outside the admission criteria (e.g. needing specialist high risk care) are transferred to a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU); Leicester Royal Infirmary, Nottingham City Hospital or Queen's Medical Centre Nottingham who are within our network for further specialist care and returned to Kettering and Northampton once they are stable enough to do so.