Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU)

 

     

 

ABOUT US

 

The SCBU (Special Care Baby Unit) at Lakes DHB is a 10-bed, level two neonatal unit which provides care for sick and/or preterm infants greater than 32 weeks gestation.

 

We provide short term breathing assistance (called CPAP) support and short term ventilation pending transfer to our tertiary support unit at Waikato “Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Hamilton.

 

Our unit is dedicated to providing individualised, holistic, family/whanau centred developmental care that responds to the infant's physiological, psychological, spiritual and cultural needs.

 

The unit has three nurseries, one for isolation, one for intensive care and one for the infants who are stable and just require feeding and growing until they are ready for discharge home.

 

We have four available Mothercraft rooms where mothers can stay close to their infant and continue to seek support and guidance from the SCBU staff while their infant is in SCBU care. We encourage family/whanau to be involved in caring for their infant, especially the mother, and support them to gain the confidence and knowledge they may need to make a safe and enjoyable transition from special care to home.

 

LOCATION

 

Access to the unit is via the Ground Floor, Bridgman Building. This is a secure unit ­– on arrival please ring the doorbell and a staff member will let you in as soon as possible.

 

VISITING HOURS

 

Visiting times are 11.00 am to 1.30 pm and 4.00 pm to 8.00 pm. Please note that we prefer all visitors to be accompanied by the baby's mother.