Each year, Townsville University Hospital cares for more than 800 pre-term and unwell babies. The state-of-the-art Neonatal Unit treats some of the smallest and sickest babies in Queensland. As the only level six tertiary-referral centre for newborns outside of Brisbane, the unit coordinates and undertakes the retrieval of sick babies from across North Queensland. The unit is a world leader in best practice and cutting-edge research with a staffing complement including neonatologists, registrars, nurse practitioners, maternal foetal medicine specialists and paediatric surgeons.
We believe in a family-centred approach to care. Our staff know that having a sick baby can be one of the most difficult experiences in parents’ lives, and aim to actively include the family in their child’s care. This approach empowers parents and makes the transition to home easier.
Townsville University Hospital Neonatal Unit consists of a special care nursery (SCN) and a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The unit has single, double and triple rooms which ensures privacy for families and quiet growing space for premature babies. The unit also has four parents’ rooms with ensuites so parents can room-in with their babies for a few days before taking them home. Our families are also supported with a Ronald McDonald family room in our hospital and a Ronald McDonald House in our campus for families who live out of town.