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October 2019

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Molly and Nathan May with twin sons Hudson and Archer. The twins were born premature in the Royal Women’s and admitted to the NICU there before being transferred to the special care nursery at the Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

NICU serves western families

First time western suburbs’ parents and their babies now have access to a neonatal intensive care unit at the Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos opened the cutting-edge NICU – the first of its kind in the western suburbs and a key feature of the $200 million flagship hospital built by the State Government.

The NICU is where critically-sick newborns are cared for with life-saving support.

Specialist doctors and nurses provide the very best care in a calm, welcoming and family-friendly environment.

Previously, families with sick or premature babies in the western suburbs were transferred to either the Royal Women’s Hospital or the Royal Children’s Hospital.

The Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s NICU features four cots – which will grow to 10 in the future.

It is the fifth NICU in Victoria.

The hospital opened earlier this year and features world-class maternity and paediatric services.

It is estimated about 7,000 babies will be delivered annually at the hospital by 2026.

‘As a parent, I know the precious first few days, weeks and months can be scary – especially when something’s not right,’ Mr Andrews said.

‘Now, new mums and dads in Melbourne’s west will have the world-class care they need closer to home.’