Maternity and Neonatal Redesign Programme

Maternity and Neonatal Redesign Programme    Maternity and Neonatal Redesign Programme 


Plans to expand our neonatal facilities at the QMC and our maternity theatres

We are developing plans to expand our neonatal (new born baby) and maternity theatre facilities at the QMC. This will give us 21 more cots, taking the total number to 38, and will mean that both of our maternity operating theatres will be full sized. Providing we get the final approval for these plans from NHSEI, work will start from February 2023. Find out how you can have your say below.

Nottingham University Hospitals cares for premature babies and their families at both the QMC and City Hospital, and is the main neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for this part of the East Midlands.

At the moment, we often have to transfer babies to other hospitals in the East Midlands, or sometimes even further afield, because we do not have enough cots available. Not only does this cause distress for families who have to travel longer distances, but transferring very poorly and vulnerable babies can carry some risk.

The current neonatal facility at the QMC is very cramped, creating a poor working environment for staff and families and there is often little space around the existing cots.

Staff gathered in clinical area

We want to create a larger NICU at the QMC which would include intensive, high dependency and special care cots. The Neonatal service at the City Hospital would become what is known as a ‘Local Neonatal Unit’ (LNU), where babies could be supported in intensive care for up to 48 hours, before being transferred to the QMC for longer term care if needed. In future, where it becomes clear during a woman’s pregnancy that her baby is likely to need care in the NICU, she could be directed to give birth at the QMC rather than at the City Hospital.

We have been seeking feedback from families who have recently used  NUH maternity and/or neonatal services, from our staff and from relevant community organisations, so that we can make sure that the redesign work is carried out in such a way that you have a positive experience of care during this period and beyond. The engagement report will be published in August 2022.

Here are the slides from the recent webinar sessions which provided an opportunity to find out more about the Maternity and Neonatal Redesign programme.

If you would like to provide feedback to us over the phone, please contact the Engagement Team by emailing  or by calling Katie Swinburn on 07385 360071.