The Special Care Baby Unit

What is the Special Care Baby Unit?

The Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) is located within the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath and cares for premature and sick newborn babies in the Mid Sussex catchment area who require short term high dependency care. SCBU is the sister-site of the Trevor Mann Baby Unit (TMBU) in Brighton and shares consultants and paediatricians who specialise in neonatal care.

Why have we chosen to support it?

We are a vital supporter of SCBU, where over 250 babies are treated every year. We work closely with the unit’s consultants and paediatricians to ensure that we are providing equipment and services which will most benefit the babies who need them.

How will the funds raised make a difference?

We are working with SCBU to help improve facilities and provide the necessary equipment they need to continue high quality neonatal care. As part of our 50th year appeal, we are funding the reconfiguration of SCBU, with the introduction of Metavision – an electronic patient record system – already in use at the TMBU.

In 2017 there were almost admissions to SCBU and there is a real need to improve the services currently available within the unit. The reconfiguration will allow the nursery area to be expanded, which will create more space for emergency admissions and provide better access for new mums to visit in wheelchairs and beds, as well as access for neonatal transport incubators. Other benefits will include improved storage so that equipment can be removed from corridors and communal areas, and improved shower and wash facilities for parents.

The Metavision system means that all current paper documentation can be replaced by electronic records. The system will also provide a direct link for all patient records between SCBU and the TMBU, which is of particular benefit when babies are transferred between sites.