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Welcome to the department of Neonatology.

The Department of Neonatology is based on two sites:

  • Trevor Mann Baby Unit (TMBU) on the 14th floor of the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton


  • Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) on the 2nd floor of the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath.

 

The unit in Brighton provides a referral surgical neonatal intensive care service for Brighton and East and West Sussex

The Trevor Mann Baby Unit is the hub of the neonatal network, which covers -

  • Eastbourne

  • Hastings

  • Haywards Heath (PrincessRoyalHospital)

  • Crawley

  • Redhill

  • Worthing.

There are approximately 3,500 deliveries per year in Brighton (there are 16,000 deliveries per year in Sussex).

The unit at Princess Royal Hospital is designated for babies who do not require intensive care. There are approximately 2,500 deliveries per year at the Princess Royal Hospital. 

Babies who do not require intensive care will be looked after on both sites, predominantly on the site they were booked in antenatally.  

There are 27 cots on the Trevor Mann Baby Unit, including 9 currently designated for intensive care and 8 for high dependency.

Another 8 cots are sited on the unit at Princess Royal Hospital.

There are facilities in the maternity unit in Brighton for fetal assessment and fetal medicine, and referrals are accepted for perinatal care prior to neonatal surgery.

The neonatal service has comprehensive support from -

  • paediatric radiology

  • paediatric surgery

  • perinatal pathology

  • pharmacy

  • echocardiography

  • audiology

  • ophthalmology

  • other tertiary specialists

Neonatal surgery is performed at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital (RACH), and babies requiring intensive care are stabilised by the Transport Team on the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at RACH prior to transfer back to TMBU.  

An undergraduate medical school opened in Brighton in October 2003 and we are actively involved in the Paediatric Programme. 

We are committed to research with several projects running at the same time including an EU-funded international study that is led by PD Dr H Rabe (Neonatal Senior Lecturer BSMS).

The Trevor Mann Baby Unit was the first unit in the UK to appoint a neonatal nurse consultant. A team of Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioners is being developed across both RSCH and PRH sites.