Transforming our Neonatal Unit
Liverpool Women’s was delighted to announce in December 2017 that £15m funding to improve and upgrade its existing Neonatal Unit was approved. Some initial ground investigation was carried out in June 2018 as part of this exciting project. However the main first phase of work began in early September 2018.
Why is this work taking place on the Neonatal Unit?
There are a number of environmental challenges that the Trust will be mitigating by improving the existing Neonatal Unit.
Liverpool Women’s treats around 1,000 premature babies on our Neonatal Unit every year. As a specialist Trust, a high proportion of the babies we care for face the most severe medical challenges. These are our most vulnerable patients who need the best possible care available. Our Neonatal Unit provides excellent care but as with all clinical services, the environment and facilities that provide that care need to change and evolve with time.
There is currently insufficient floor space for neonatal cots, a shortage of parental accommodation and the unit does not comply with some service specifications, despite previous investments. This funding is required to address these issues and improve the overall Neonatal Unit environment.
Will there be any disruption during these changes?
The project team, which includes clinical staff from the unit, have put contingency plans in place to make use of other areas of the hospital while this exciting redevelopment work takes place. Understandably, this will cause some disruption as there will be some diversions required across the hospital for staff, patients and visitors within the building and outside including parking facilities. We would like to assure you that every effort is being made to make any disruption as minimal as possible.
Who should you contact if you encounter any issues?
Members of staff on the Neonatal Unit will be on hand to listen to any concerns or issues you encounter while this work is taking place. In addition, if you have any positive feedback or concerns you would like to share more formally while this work takes place, please contact our PALs service on 0151 702 4353 or email: PALS@lwh.nhs.uk.
How long will the redevelopment work take?
This work started in early September 2018 and is expected to be complete by early 2020.
What will the new Neonatal Unit look like when it is finished?
Below you will see an artist’s impression of how the Neonatal Unit will look when it is completed and you will start to see more communications over the next few months as the project progresses.