Casey Hospital Special Care Nursery is a purpose built 20 bed, Level 2 unit featuring state of the art equipment for sick or premature babies.
Casey Hospital Special Care Nursery is a purpose built 18 bed, Level 2 unit featuring state of the art equipment for sick or premature babies.
A team of consultant paediatricians and experienced nurses and midwives expertly manage the care of babies in the Special Care Nursery (SCN.) A paediatric consultant will see your baby every day and is on call 24 hours a day. A nurse or midwife will care for your baby at all times and a paediatric registrar is available in the hospital 24 hours a day.
We aim to provide family-centred care to you and your baby during your stay and encourage you to participate as much as possible in the care and management of your baby. Nursery staff will support and guide you in providing this care.
We welcome and encourage parents to be with their baby at any time of the day and even offer rooms for parents to stay overnight. It is an important part of your baby’s care that they are aware of your presence and can hear your voice and feel your touch.
To find out more about Casey Special Care Nursery download the brochure here.
The following provides information about our facilities and what to expect when your baby is transferred to our nursery. You will receive more detailed information on admission to the SCN.
To make the transfer easier for your family we invite you to visit and familiarise yourself with the SCN before your baby is transferred. This is also an opportunity to ask nursing or medical staff questions regarding the care of your baby. To arrange a visit contact the SCN on: (03) 8768 1433.
Transferring to our nursery
If your baby has been recommended for transfer to Casey SCN, this is because it may be closer to home for you or because the facilities are suited to your baby’s needs. Once medically stable and no longer requiring intensive care facilities, your baby may be transferred closer to your home, to our SCN. We will continue to provide your baby with specialised care and observation.
Nursing staff handovers are at 7am, 1pm and 9pm. One of the consultant paediatricians visits the nursery daily to review your baby’s progress. We ask that parents and visitors respect the privacy and confidentiality of other babies during nursing handovers and paediatricians’ rounds. Mobile phones must be turned off or on silent while you are in the nursery.
Head of the special care nursery at Casey Hospital, Dr Paul Machet has many years’ experience in general paediatrics, having started as a consultant at Casey and Dandenong hospitals in 2012, and having worked for nine years before that at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide. Dr Machet is also an Advanced Paediatric Life Support instructor teaching health professionals how to manage seriously unwell or injured children.
Allied health professionals available include: