Newborn Services

Sometimes babies are born prematurely or unexpectedly unwell and require specialist care after birth. Our Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Saint Mary’s, Oxford Road Campus and Local Neonatal Unit at Wythenshawe Hospitals provide care for babies that are born prematurely from 23 weeks' gestation and above; have health problems that are picked up antenatally (before birth) and postnatally (after birth) or have been born unexpectedly unwell.
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Across the two sites we have 88 cots, and a dedicated multidisciplinary team which looks after over 1600 babies each year who require medical and surgical care.

We specialise in providing care for a range of conditions such as:

• Complex respiratory diseases.
• Complex renal conditions.
• Complex cardiac conditions.
• Complex neurological conditions.
• Babies requiring surgical care.
• Complex genetic and metabolic disorders.
• Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) screening and treatment.

As well as caring for babies in our local areas, we also care for babies that need our specialist care across Greater Manchester and beyond.

Our mission statement

Our aim in Newborn Services is to provide a high quality of individualised care to our babies and their families using the best available knowledge and resources.

Every baby is cared for by an expert multi-disciplinary team in an environment that is supportive of the development of the important relationships between families and their baby.  The unit values all members of staff and aids their development to ensure and promote effective and safe practice.

Our philosophy

The care and treatment of the babies and their families is paramount and is the primary objective of our Newborn Services.  We aim to provide the best possible care in an environment that is appropriate for their medical, surgical, developmental and social needs. Babies and their families have every right to expect care from a highly trained and supervised multi-disciplinary team.

We respect our parents’ views and wishes and we really encourage FiCare (Family Integrated Care), providing information and guidance which meets their individual needs.  We acknowledge the need for parents to be partners in their baby’s care and believe that this will be achieved by mutual trust and effective communication that maintains privacy, dignity and confidentiality.

Patient testimonial

Fantastic care for our premature son in Newborn Services for the past 2 weeks. Excellent clinical decision making, fantastic caring, empathetic staff, and so many people willing to go above and beyond the call of duty.

Contact information

Oxford Road Campus

Newborn Intensive Care (Ward 68) is based on the 2nd floor in Saint Mary’s Hospital, Oxford Road Campus.

Telephone number:
Reception – (0161) 701 2700
Each room has its own telephone number.  Please ask the nursing staff for details.

Saint Mary’s at Wythenshawe

The Neonatal Unit at Wythenshawe is located within the Maternity Department, Entrance 13 on the first floor.

Telephone number:

Reception/ Intensive Care (out of hours) – (0161) 291 2932

Management team

The team responsible for managing our Newborn Services is:

  • Dr Ngozi Edi-Osagie, Clinical Head of Division
  • Chris Ashworth, Divisional Director
  • Louise Weaver-Lowe, Head of Nursing
  • Kath Eaton, Lead Nurse


Dr Aparajita Basu
Dr Ian M Dady
Dr Ngozi Edi-Osagie
Dr Mohamed Elboraee
Dr Anthony Emmerson
Dr Edward Gasiorowski
Dr Ruth Gottstein
Dr Sheima Hamad
Dr Susan Kamupira
Dr Ajit Mahaveer
Dr Yasser Masood
Prof. Simon Mitchell
Dr Arindam Mukherjee
Dr Sajit Nedungadi
Dr Michelle Parr
Dr Gareth Penman
Dr Ranganath Ranganna
Dr Kristin Tanney
Dr Kalwa Munthali
Dr Asim Ahmed
Dr Kuldip Bakaya
Dr Ahmed Elazabi
Dr Abhijeet Godhamgaonkar
Dr Gopikrishna Vemuri

Visiting times

We encourage you to visit your baby as much as you wish seven days a week. The only place that visiting is restricted is the Intensive Care Room between 9.30 am until 11.30 am. At all other times, parents will have open access to Newborn Services and are encouraged to spend as much time on the unit as possible. Support will be given to promote FiCare.

Other relatives and friends that come to see your baby must be with you or they will not be allowed onto the Unit. Only two people at a time are allowed to visit your baby at the cot side (one parent and one visitor) as the rooms can get very busy.

Wythenshawe site specific

Parents are able to attend ward rounds for their baby. Other visitors can attend after the ward round has finished and up until 9.00 pm

Restricted visiting between 1.00 -3.00 pm for parents/carers only during Quiet Time.

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