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Neonatal Paediatric Intensive Care Unit

Where is Neonatal Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (NPICU)?
NPICU is located at level 0 of the blue block.

What is NPICU?
NPICU is an intensive care unit for babies and children till the age of 3. Babies and young children requiring intensive care are admitted to this ward from the Emergency Department, Paediatric Wards, Delivery Suite,  Obstetric Wards and Operating Theatres.

Before discharge from this unit:-
The ward encourages parents of very pre term babies, or parents with special needs, to stay overnight/ or more to room in with their baby.
A lecture on basic life support is offered to most parents prior to discharge. This is done by a specially trained team of staff on a voluntary basis.
For babies and young children who have been in the unit for a long period of time, a community service on a voluntary basis is offered to help them overcome future problems at home.

Who will look after me?
A team of highly experienced nurses and midwives managed by Ms. Charmaine Psaila (Charge Midwife), Ms Tania Borg (Deputy Charge Midwife) and Ms. Evelyn Attard (Deputy Carge Nurse) will look after the baby / young child whilst on the unit.

The Paediatric Consultants who look after sick babies or young children in this ward include, Dr. Paul Soler> (Chairman of Paediatrics) and Dr. Raymond Parascandalo (Deputy Chairman of Paediatrics). Other Paediatric Consultants also admit their patients requiring intensive care to this unit. All babies and young children are seen every day by a team of doctors led by the Consultants. Two senior doctors are available 24 hours 7 days a week.

Visiting times
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday (including public holidays):
13:00 - 18:30 (Both parents/guardians can stay with the child)
19:30 - 06:30 (Both parents/guardians can stay with the child)
Wednesday, Sunday (including public holidays):
16:30 - 17:00 (2 visitors, excluding parents/guardians, at any one time)

Special permits for visiting outside the established visiting hours may be given to relatives on the discretion of the Charge Midwife.

Contacting the ward
To speak to the nurses on the ward, one may call on 2545 5450. It is highly important to note that nursing staff will not give any detailed medical information over the phone to anyone to protect patients’ right to confidentiality.