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Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and the Aerotropolis, Shayne Mallard with staff from Blue Mountains Hospital's Special Care Nursery

Blue Mountains Nursery provides care close to home

15 Dec 2021


Specialised neonatal care for the youngest of Blue Mountains residents is now available closer to home with the opening of a dedicated Special Care Nursery at Blue Mountains District ANZAC Memorial Hospital.

General Manager of Blue Mountains Hospital, Dr Elizabeth Harford, says the introduction of the nursery will be welcome news for local families who may previously have travelled out of the area for neonatal care.

“Babies requiring some extra support will receive the very best care from our specialised staff in the nursery,” says Dr Harford.

The new three-bed Special Care Nursery is a dedicated unit for infants needing care for simple neonatal problems or additional medical monitoring who do not require intensive care admission.

The nursery is staffed by VMO paediatricians, a paediatric registrar, nurses and midwives, and supported by allied health services such as a speech pathologist, dietitian and social worker.

The nursery will allow babies requiring up to Level 2 neonatal care to remain close to home and importantly, close to family, while undergoing treatment.

“Welcoming a new baby is a very special time for families. If a child needs additional hospital care, it’s important that families remain together. We’re very pleased that this nursery will allow so many of our Blue Mountains families to remain close to home while their baby is cared for,” Dr Harford says.

With established links to Nepean Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the nursery also enhances clinical collaboration with neighbouring hospitals by providing an additional option for paediatric care in the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District.

“Working closely with the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Special Care Nursery can assist by accepting babies and parents back to the Blue Mountains to transition to the Nursery prior to going to home,” Dr Harford says.

The NSW Government has committed more than $290,000 recurrent funding towards the Special Care Nursery at Blue Mountains District ANZAC Memorial Hospital.