Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH)

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Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH)

Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

3rd Floor, South Wing

Farnborough Common

BR6 8ND

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Key Contacts for Parents

TITLE NAME
Lead Consultant Rashmi Gandhi
Senior/Lead Nurse Vivette Wallen-Mitchell
Matron Rezi Morales
Parent /Family Liaison Contact Christina Axon
Main Hospital and extension 016 8986 3000 ext.64956 or 64957
Unit Contact Number 016 8986 4956 or
016 8986 4957

Parent support group

Parents coffee mornings are held twice a month. This is led by our Allied Health Professionals (OT, Physio and SALT) and our Neonatal Psychologist to identify support that can provide for the families on the unit. It also provides a pace where parents can network and share common success and challenges.

Unit Facilities

There is a parents’ sitting room/family room where parents can have a meal or have a quiet time away from the main nurseries. The facility includes a microwave, kettle, and a refrigerator where parents can heat and store food and drinks.

There are two en-suite rooming-in rooms which are used to allow parents and babies to be together building confidence in feeding and care prior to discharged, This has been particularly useful for first time parents. There is Wifi available, which families can access free via the NHS Wifi provider.

Unit Services

The Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH) is a Local Neonatal Unit consisting of 15-cot level 2 caring for babies who require short-term intensive care, high dependency, special care and transitional care. The unit provide a family-integrated approach to care, where families are partnership in care of their own children, and helping parents understand the needs of their baby. There are a wide range of expert Neonatal Medical and Nursing Team as well as Allied Health Professionals such as physiotherapist, occupational therapist, speech and language therapist and dietician who works across both sites.  Our psychology service offers support to both parents as well as staff. As a result of recent changes, the Special Care Baby Unit has recently transitioned to an LNU, which provides more complex care such as invasive and non-invasive respiratory support and parenteral  nutrition to neonates.  There is great emphasis on collaborative working with our partner unit, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Denmark Hill and staff needing to advance their Neonatal skills are welcome to undertake cross site rotation.

There is also a Neonatal Transitional Care, which is co-located on the Postnatal Ward for babies requiring some neonatal support from the neonatal team. This service aims to prevent separation of babies from their mothers or primary resident carer. This is a collaborative service supported by the Neonatal as well as Maternity team.

UNIT ACCESS AND VISITING

Visiting on LNU for parents is open, there are times however, parents will be asked to leave for short spells example, morning ward rounds that they can attend when their baby is being examined and discussed and during handovers.
Parents can nominate four additional visitors for the duration of their stay who may attend between 3pm and 7pm daily. Parents are encouraged to bring siblings on their visit.
To avoid overcrowding and any possible spread of infection, only two persons are allowed by the cot-side at any time (a parent and a second member of the family). Family members are encouraged to refrain from visiting the unit if unwell to avoid cross infections.

Faith Leaders & Chaplaincy

The Chaplaincy team with faith group leaders from across the community provide spiritual and religious care for all patients, relatives and staff, whether religious or non-religious. At the Princess Royal University and Orpington sites, call ext 63912 from inside the hospitals or 01689 863912 from outside. Their office is on level 1, North Wing, at Princess Royal University Hospital and on the first floor at Orpington Hospital. Both are next to the chapel/prayer rooms.

Hospital’s Main Website

Our Unit Charity

Hospital Information

There is a Cafeteria at the ground floor of the main building where parents can access as well as a coffee stand at the main entrance near the main reception. The PRUH is also located near local shops and grocery stores as well as restaurants. There are cash machines on-site and in the neighboring supermarkets in the area.

Travel Information

By bus
• These bus routes stop in the hospital grounds: 261, R3 and R4.
• These bus routes stop within a 10-minute walk: 61, 336, 353, 358 and R2
By train
Regular bus services run to the hospital from the nearest mainline stations:
• Bromley South – 61, 261, 336 and 358
• Orpington – 61, 353, R2 and R4
Accessibility
Bromley South and Orpington train stations have step-free access and lifts to all platforms.
By car
Parking
Parent parking is being offered free for parents with babies admitted in the neonatal unit. Parents can ask members of staff for the parking form to be submitted in the main reception area of the hospital.
Additional spaces are available in the nearby Sainsbury’s supermarket car park. Different parking charges apply.

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