NICU and SCBU

​​​Royal Stoke ​​University Hospital

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is based on the second floor of the Maternity Centre. It is located close to the A34, Newcastle Road entrance to the hospital site. Use the north entrance of the A34 closest to Newcastle-under-Lyme town centre to access the site. The Trust recommends you use either Car Park B next to the West Building or Car Park C next to the A34 itself to access this car park you must loop around the West Building) Please click here for details of where to find us. 

Contact: NICU Reception - 01782 672400

The Neonatal Intensive Ca​re Unit (NICU)

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is based within the Maternity Centre and offers care for up to 26 babies and their families. The unit has 6 intensive care cots, 6 high dependency cots and 14 special care cots. There is also a special isolation room.

Babies are admitted for a variety of reasons. Some are born early in pregnancy from 24 weeks gestation, weighing in at just 500 grams.  Others may be born at term but are unwell and need our specialised medical or nursing care. Babies are generally admitted from the labour ward or from the midwifery wards and occasionally from other neonatal units.       

The unit is a level 3 intensive care unit, which provides the highest level of intensive care for vulnerable babies from the local area and across the West Midlands network. The unit has the facilities to provide cooling to poorly babies and is a nationally recognised as a centre of excellence. 

Having a baby on the Neonatal Unit can be a very difficult time for parents and families. So that parents can spend as much time as possible with their baby, we have 6 ensuite parent over-night stay bedrooms with kitchen and lounge facilities. 

Our nursing team comprises childrens's nurses, nurses, midwives, advanced neonatal nurse practitioners, a breastfeeding and research midwife and health care support workers. We have four consultants and work closely with other health professionals such as dieticians, physiotherapists and pharmacists. We also support many pre and post registration nursing and midwifery students and medical students. 

The breastfeeding co-ordinators are available to offer support to women on wards. For more information on breastfeeding, click here.

Staffordshire, Shropshire and the Black Country Newborn and Maternity Network​


Visiting T​imes

Our visiting policy is designed to minimise the risks of infection and preserve privacy for babies and families. 

Parents and siblings may visit or make enquiries by telephone at any time.

Grandparents can visit the unit daily between 13:00-15:00, as long as they are accompanied by the parents.

Staff encourage parents to help care for their babies while they are on the unit and spend time with parents helping them to feel comfortable and confident.  

Useful information f​​or new parents

When babies are discharged, there are a number of support agencies available, which include:​

  • Hospital at Home
  • Health Visitors
  • Community Midwives 
  • Paediatric Community Team Nurses


Useful links for n​​ew parents


In conjunction with the maternity unit, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit has been awarded the UNICEF Baby Friendly status. The unit is part of the Staffordshire Shropshire and Black Country Newborn Network, which has 6 units within the West Midlands.