Butterfly - Newborn Intensive Care

  • As part of Neonatal Medicine at The Royal Children's Hospital, Butterfly - Newborn Intensive Care provides the best neonatal care for the sickest babies and infants from Victoria, interstate and overseas.

    With up to 851 admissions each year, Butterfly - Newborn Intensive Care cares for patients from other hospitals in Melbourne and country Victoria, southern New South Wales and Tasmania and from the RCH Emergency Department.

    Babies admitted to Butterfly - Newborn Intensive Care have a wide range of complex medical and surgical problems. Some require the support of a ventilator for their breathing and many require specialised surgical procedures.

    The management of our babies is overseen by a team of Neonatologists, Neonatal Nurses and Allied Health specialists. Particularly complex or long term patients are appointed a Nurse Coordinator to co-ordinate their care.

    The care of Butterfly - Newborn Intensive Care patients involves extensive co-operation with many other teams and departments within the RCH. These include:

    • Surgical teams from areas including: General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Urology, Neurosurgery, Otolaryngology, Plastic Surgery, Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery and Cardiac Surgery
    • Sub-specialist medical teams including: Neurology, Gastroenterology, Clinical Nutrition, Thoracic Medicine, Cardiology, Nephrology, Ophthalmology, Endocrinology, Genetic Medicine and Metabolic Medicine
    • Speech Pathology, Physiotherapy, Music Therapy, Educational Play Therapy, Audiology and Occupational Therapy

    Parents may spend time with their baby in Butterfly - Newborn Intensive Care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A maximum of three people are permitted at the bedside at any one time, one of whom must be a parent (unless parents nominate family members who may visit in their absence.)  Children under 12 years may only visit if they are siblings of the patient. General hospital visiting hours are 8am to 12:30pm and 2:30pm to 8:00pm.

    Any visitors who are unwell with an infection, cold or flu or who have come into contact with an infectious disease should check with the bedside nurse or nurse in charge by phone before coming to Butterfly - Newborn Intensive Care. 

    Once discharged from Butterfly - Newborn Intensive Care, babies are followed up by either their General Practitioner, Paediatrician or Neonatologist. RCH Neonatologists see their patients in the RCH Specialist Clinics (Outpatients), and appointments are arranged prior to discharge.

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