Childrens Services

Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) - bringing baby home

This page gives you information about bringing your baby home from the Special Care Baby Unit.

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Your baby has been referred to the Children’s Community Nursing Team because they need either oxygen or tube feeding at home. Our team consists of qualified nurses, support workers, a play specialist and administration staff. We will be there to guide and support you and your baby once you get home.

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Your Children’s Community Nurse will support you to safely wean your baby from oxygen, or provide support for tube feeds until the tube is removed.

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We understand leaving Special Care can be a happy but nervous time for families. It is normal to feel apprehensive about taking your premature baby home and every family has practical questions they need answering. Your CCN will come and meet you and your baby on Special Care before you go home and answer any questions you may have.

We will work with your Health Visitor throughout our involvement and once your baby is off oxygen, or no longer requires tube feeding, we will discharge you from our team into the care of your Health Visitor.

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We will visit a minimum of once a week to check your baby and monitor their growth and weight and either monitor oxygen saturation levels or change the feeding tube.

We will liaise with Special Care staff, your baby’s Consultant or any other professionals if required.

Initially, the oxygen is left unchanged so you can adjust to caring for your baby. We will discuss volume and frequency of feeds and any problems with your baby’s feeding.

Weaning your baby from oxygen or removal of the feeding tube will not be considered until your baby is well and gaining weight. Remember every baby is different and some take longer than others to manage without their oxygen or feeding tube.

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You can find other support and advice around taking your baby home at:


The CCN service is available Monday to Friday from 8.30am - 4.30pm (excluding Bank Holidays).

You can contact your nurse by phoning the service administration team on 0191 2823450. Outside of these hours you can leave non urgent messages which will be picked up the next working day.

We do not provide an emergency service. If you have any concerns out of hours either:

  • call your GP for general advice
  • or if serious then take your baby to A&E
  • If you have prearranged Open Access to Ward 6 follow the instructions on the Consultant letter.

The Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) can offer on-the-spot advice and information about the NHS. You can contact them on freephone 0800 032 02 02 or email

Useful websites

If you would like further information about health conditions and treatment options, you may wish to have a look at the NHS Choices website. On this website there is an information prescription generator which brings together a wealth of approved patient information from the NHS and charity partners which you may find helpful.

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You can download a PDF version of the information on this page.pdf

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