Neonatal unit

The SASH neonatal unit is situated at East Surrey Hospital, close to the delivery suite and the post-natal wards, and admits over 400 babies every year.

Admission criteria is for babies 27 weeks gestation and above who require medical treatment.

Telephone number: 01737 231 765

Watch our video to tour the unit at East Surrey Hospital

Visiting times

Parents can visit at any time.

Siblings and grandparents: any time except for 1-3 pm (quiet time)

Other visitors: 3-7:30 pm
Any other visitors must be accompanied by a parent when visiting (maximum of 3 per family)

Neonatal team

Lead: Dr Abdul Khader, paediatric consultant

Lead specialist neonatal nurse: Ingrid Marsden
Tel: 01737 768 511 x 6769

The unit has a dedicated neonatal nurse team, and a unique two-week rota system of consultants to offer the best patient care – the same consultant will be on duty, from 9am to 5pm, every weekday for two weeks, giving parents continuity and reassurance.  Parents are updated on a regular basis by the consultant, or one of the specialist registrars on the daily ward round.

The Trust has nine consultants working in paediatric medicine, six of whom participate in neonatal care. There is also support from a paediatric dietician on a regular basis for the babies in special care, and from speech and language therapists for babies with a cleft palate.

Recent investment has been in providing a Neonatal Outreach Nurse, which provides earlier discharge for stable babies and extra support for those with ongoing needs in their own homes.

The SASH neonatal unit is part of the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Neonatal Network.