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Newborn Service Clinical Guidelines
are now located on the
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Guidelines will need to be refreshed with their new web address
Drug Protocols remain on the NICU
site, however will also move to the Starship site in the near
All other content remains on the
We thank you for your patience during
this process, and welcome any feedback on the new guidelines via
the guideline feedback box at the bottom of each guideline.
National Women's Health at Auckland City Hospital has
one of the largest maternity services in New Zealand, with approximately 7,500
deliveries per year. It offers the highest quality of maternity and
neonatal care, and is the regional referral centre for fetal abnormalities
(particularly antenatally diagnosed congenital heart disease, where it provides
a national service in association with the Starship Health Paediatric and
Congenital Cardiac Service). Our geographic co-location with
Starship Children's Health results in
ready access to paediatric subspecialty services.
In February 2005, the Newborn Service was awarded a
Certificate of Outstanding Achievement for Best
Quality Health New Zealand.
The Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) has 46 cots,
comprising 16 Level 3 (intensive care) spaces and 30 Level 2 spaces.
Level 2 spaces are divided into 20 High-Dependency Level 2 spaces and 10
Low-Dependency (Parent-Infant Nursery, or PIN) spaces. Approximately
900 infants are admitted to NICU per year, of whom around 160 weigh less
than 1500g at birth.
The NICU provides Level 3 services for central, north,
and west Auckland, as well as Northland. Level 2 services are provided
for central Auckland catchment areas.
Counties-Manukau District Health Board
(Middlemore Hospital) has a 30-space Level 3 and 2 NICU that primarily
services their catchment population. Level 2 facilities for the
Waitemata District Health Board
are available at both North Shore and Waitakere Hospitals, and infants
whose parents are domiciled in DHB areas other than central Auckland are
usually transferred to Level 2 facilities closer to their home.
For further information about other services available
Auckland District Health Board, refer
to the Healthpoint website.
Content last updated
October 17, 2018
Maintained by Lois Lingard