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Baby: Special Care Nursery

Babies are special and in the Special Care Nursery we treat every baby as special and feel privileged to be caring for you and your baby.

The Special Care Nursery (SCN) is a 22  bed neonatal nursery that provides a neonatal service to sick and or premature babies.  We have over 900 admissions per year. Babies are admitted to our nursery for many reasons with some of the common reasons being respiratory support, blood glucose monitoring and phototherapy.

The SCN cares for babies born at 29 weeks gestation and over.

In the SCN a team of health professionals   will be providing your baby with the care your baby needs over 24 hours.  This team is comprised of   Doctors, nurses, midwives, lactation consultants, social workers, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, pharmacists and indigenous health workers. We also have a dedicated volunteer service which supports our neonatal service.

Visiting your baby in the nursery

Visiting hours for parents are 24/7 and   parents are welcome to visit their baby at any time. Siblings of babies are also welcome to visit as long as they are healthy and well. We do not allow any other children to visit in the nursery to protect vulnerable babies from potential viral infections.


On entering and leaving the unit you are required to wash your hands thoroughly at the hand washing bays provided. Clean hands protect our little babies from infection.

How long will my baby need to be in the nursery?

In our nursery is very dependent on their individual needs.  Some babies only have a short stay while others stay a couple of weeks. If your baby is born premature you can expect that your baby will be discharged around the time they were expected to be born.

We understand that it can be a frightening experience to have your baby in the Special Care Nursery. As a team of Health Professionals, we are always here to answer your questions.

Just prior to going home you can room in with your baby in one of our rooming in rooms. This allows you the opportunity to learn more about your baby’s needs in a supportive environment.

The Australian Parenting Website offers additional support for new parents.

Last updated: 30 October 2018