King’s College Hospital

Address

King’s College Hospital

King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

4th Floor

Golden Jubilee Wing

Denmark Hill

Dulwich, London, SE5 9RS

Key Contacts for Parents

TITLE NAME
Lead Consultant Dr Ravindra Bhat
Senior/Lead Nurse Vivette Wallen-Mitchell
Matron Adetokunbo Omofade
Judith Angell
Parent /Family Liaison Contact Christina Axton
Main Hospital and extension 020 3299 9000
Unit Contact Number 020 3299 3553

Parent support group

Neonatal Brews is a weekly meeting where parents can join the NICU team and receive information from Therapists, Doctors and Nurses.

Unit Facilities

There is a lounge reserved for parents use only with facilities to store and heat food and drinks.
A daily packed lunch is provided for parents.
There is a breast milk expressing room and advisors to support.
Parents who travel a distance can be referred for accommodation at the Ronald McDonald House which is a short walk from the hospital.
A parents’ bedroom and showering facilities are available to provide the opportunity for a family to room in with their baby prior to discharge home.

Unit Services

Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) at Kings is a Level 3 medical and surgical unit providing care for preterm and sick newborn babies. We serve the local population of South East London as well as those referred from the network hospitals and beyond. Many babies are also diagnosed and referred antenatally by the Harris Birthright Fetal Research Centre for conditions requiring specialist care at birth.

Specialities includes chest and abdominal surgery, neurosurgery, ophthalmic surgery and hypothermia therapy for brain injury.

NICU consists of three areas of care; Intensive, High Dependency and Special Care, each having a designated consultant and senior nurse for daily ward rounds which parents are welcome to join. There is also a team of Allied Health Professionals including clinical psychologist, physiotherapist, Speech and Language Therapist, dietician, occupational therapist who are integral in the care of babies supporting their developmental outcomes. The unit works with parents and families as partnership in care and as such, parents are invited to participate in weekly ‘Parent Led’ ward rounds.

The unit also provides a 5 –bedded transitional care service, these cots are co-located on the postnatal ward and also babies to remain with their mother or primary resident carer while being supported by a trained healthcare professional

Visiting and Unit access

Visiting on NICU for parents is open, except for morning ward rounds in Intensive Care which they can attend when their baby is being examined and discussed.
Parents are asked to leave the nursery for 30 minutes for the nursing handovers at 7:30 am and 7:30pm.
Parents can nominate four additional visitors for the duration of their stay who may attend between 3pm and 7pm daily. Two visitors are allowed at each cot side and may include other family or friends if accompanied by one parent.
The only children permitted to visit NICU are siblings of the baby.

Faith Leaders & Chaplaincy

Faith Leaders from all denominations can be contacted through the chaplaincy team. They can be contacted on 020 3299 3522 or a member of staff can arrange this for you.

Hospital’s Main Website

Our Unit Charity

Hospital Information

There are several Costa Coffee shops, one of which is open 24/7. A local Marks and Spencer’s food store, Sandwich shops and a cash point on the ground floor of the hospital.

Travel Information

King’s College Hospital Neonatal unit is located in Camberwell, South East London. We recommend you use public transport to get to the hospital whenever possible, as there is no longer general public car parking at the hospital. The Transport for London (TfL) Journey Planner will give you public transport directions to the main site served by Denmark Hill Station and Bus routes 35, 40, 42, 68, 176, 185, 468, 484.
The hospital is within the expanded Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) but not within the Congestion Charge zone.

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