The Special Care Nursery (SCN) cares for newborns, low risk premature babies and their families in a supportive environment.
Clinical service overview
The unit also cares for unwell babies. Babies are stabilised and treated, or if required, transferred to a level 3 nursery (Tertiary Nursery) for further intensive management.
The SCN is staffed by specially trained nurses and midwives, a paediatric registrar and has consultant paediatric support by a 24 hour on-call service. The babies may also be referred to our paediatric outpatient clinic for ongoing care and supervision if required.
Other services include:
- Social work and other allied health services
- Established links to community care services
- Breastfeeding support
The SCN takes babies from 32 weeks gestation and caters for a range of babies needs.
Alfred Health's Special Care Nursery is run in partnership with the Women's at Sandringham. Further information can be found here.
Refer your patient
- On-call Paediatric Consultant (03) 9076 1000
Special referral instructions
Patients are admitted via the Emergency Department or directly admitted from a clinic or community service after discussion with and acceptance from the on-call paediatrician.