Neonatal care

Specialising in the care of newborn babies 
Nurse talks to mum at cot

Our neonatal service includes the Neonatal Unit – one of the country’s leading units specialising in the care of newborn babies.

About the Neonatal Unit

Our neonatal team of expert staff provides 24-hour care for premature and sick babies 

We work with the wider Evelina London Team to providing specialist services including fetal medicine, neurology, metabolic, renal, cardiac and other services.

The Neonatal Unit is one unit that is divided into three areas:

  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) – provides support for babies with breathing problems and other specialist treatment needs
  • High Dependency Unit (HDU) – provides support for babies who require less intensive care than babies in NICU, but are still not stable enough for care in the SCBU
  • Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) – provides support for babies who need tube feeding, additional oxygen support and light therapy (phototherapy).

There are 20 intensive care cots, 12 high dependency care cots and 14 special care cots.

The Evelina London Neonatal Unit is accredited by the Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative at stage 3, which demonstrates our commitment to working in partnership with families in the care of their baby.


We're a centre of excellence for neonatal research, in association with our academic partner, King’s College London.

Our newborn imaging centre is a clinical research facility within the neonatal intensive care unit. It is home to a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner, so that premature or sick babies have immediate access to imaging facilities. This also allows researchers to study this vulnerable group of infants.

Find out more in our patient information leaflet Neonatal research – information for parents and carers (PDF 136Kb).


Neonatal Unit main reception

Tel: 020 7188 4045

For follow-up appointment enquiries, see the follow-up appointments page.

Outreach team

Tel: 020 7188 4025

How to find us

While the Neonatal Unit is based at St Thomas' Hospital, our outpatient clinics are held on the ground floor of Evelina London (level 0 – Ocean) and in the community at Mary Sheridan House.