Caring for your Child

Caring for your Child

Your Child's Hospital Journey

Scarborough Hospital Special Care Baby Unit

The unit in Scarborough is designated as a Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) and provides local care for babies born at 32 weeks gestation and above (more than 34 weeks for multiple pregnancies).

The unit provides high quality, evidence-based medical and nursing care to babies that are born prematurely or are unwell. We work closely with the Yorkshire and Humber neonatal network, infant retrieval service (Embrace) and specialist units in the region to provide a comprehensive range of care.

The unit is actively involved in regional and national research projects and parents may be approached during their baby’s stay to discuss possible participation in current studies.

The quality and safety of care provided is reviewed locally and nationally through initiatives such as the National Neonatal Audit Project (NNAP)

The unit works closely with families and members of the multidisciplinary team to ensure a smooth transition from hospital to home.

We have limited accommodation for parents, including bathroom, bedrooms, and a sitting / dining area. Where possible, we try to offer all families accommodation on SCBU (providing that mothers are fit and well and discharged from maternity care). The nurses will discuss this with you.

Where to find us?

Access is via the main entrance, proceed to second floor. SCBU is well signposted.

We admit approximately 250 babies per year from our local delivery and post natal wards as well as accepting babies back to Scarborough that have had a period of care / treatment in other units.


  • Parents and siblings are welcome to visit at any time
  • Visiting times for other family members are 3pm to 7:30pm          
  • Family members must be accompanied by at least one of the parents.
  • Maximum of three visitors per family.
  • Children (other than siblings) are not allowed to visit.
  • There may be occasions when you are not able to go into the nursery straight away – the nursing staff will explain to you why at the time.
  • Please if any of your visitors are unwell ask them not to visit the unit until they are well (anyone who has had a stomach bug must be symptom free for at least 48hrs before they visit)

What to bring for your baby?

Please bring along nappies and either cotton wool or baby wipes to SCBU for your baby. These will be stored in the cupboard under your baby’s incubator/cot

During your time on SCBU you may be asked to bring other bits and pieces in such as barrier cream (such as Sudocrem) if needed. You may also wish to bring your own towel to use for baby’s first bath or you can use a hospital towel, and you may wish to bring in clothes for your baby.

Cuddly toys – there is limited space for cuddly toys so we ask that you don’t bring too many in (you can swap them over if you wish) and that you only place one cuddly toy at a time in the baby’s incubator. You may be asked to take large cuddly toys home as the ledges around the nurseries are not very big.

Feeding your baby

Scarborough Hospital has achieved UNICEF Baby friendly accreditation and the staff on SCBU are committed to supporting you in however you choose to feed your baby. The unit has a stock of breast pumps for loan whilst your baby is in hospital. The pumps must be returned to the unit prior to your baby going home.

Caring for your baby

Both parents are encouraged to become involved with the care of their baby and the nursing staff will assist you in learning how to change nappies, wash your baby etc.

Car parking

Please park in the visitors care park and present your ticket to a member of the SCBU staff. The ticket will be processed and returned to you so that you do not have to pay care parking charges.

Mobile phones

Although we would prefer that these are not used on the unit we appreciate that many parents do use them. Please try to keep your phone on silent mode and we encourage parents to make / receive calls away from the patient areas


You may be asked to take a seat in the waiting area while the doctor is examining other babies in the nursery although you are very welcome to be present whilst your baby is being seen. This is to protect confidentiality.  If you are feeding at the time you will not be asked to leave and the discussions about other babies will take place away from the nursery. Please feel free to ask the doctor about your baby. If you are not on the unit during the ward round which takes place on a morning and would like to see a doctor for an update on your baby please ask the nurse caring for your baby so that this can be arranged.

Please do not look into other baby’s cots/incubators unless invited to by the baby’s parents

Meet the Team

This service is managed jointly by neonatal nurses and general paediatric medical staff.

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