Neonatal Unit (Formally SCBU - Special Care Baby Unit) | Te Whatu Ora - Te Tai Tokerau

Neonatal Unit (Formally SCBU - Special Care Baby Unit)

The Neonatal Unit (also known as Special Care Baby Units) at Whangārei Hospital provide comprehensive care for unwell or premature babies from the Te Tai Tokerau region.

The units are staffed by experienced neonatal nurses and specialist paediatricians.  


  • Care for unwell or premature babies born in Te Tai Tokerau and greater than 32 weeks gestation
  • Care for premature babies born less than 32 weeks in Te Tai Tokerau until transfer to a Tertiary Hospital
  • Transfer to Auckland neonatal intensive care unit for any baby requiring specialist services and care not provided in Te Tai Tokerau
  • Care for babies returning from a larger centre (once stable), for ongoing care prior to discharge home
  • Specialist paediatricians provide antenatal consultation and attend the birth for women with specific risk factors (for example twin pregnancies)
  • Assessment of babies in the hospitals' postnatal wards
  • Follow-up clinics after discharge, particularly for babies who are born prematurely or have other difficulties with growth or development. 


If you have any questions regarding our service, please discuss this with your Lead Maternity Carer or phone: 09 430 4101 ext 8425 or 8426. 

Visiting Hours

To help protect patients, whānau and staff, the number of tamariki and whānau visiting the Neonatal Unit is restricted and only parents or caregivers may visit. Please call 09 430 4100 and ask to be put through to the Neonatal Unit clinical nurse manager to arrange a visit.  

Visitors to Te Kotuku can access carpark seven (7) via Hospital Road. Anyone wishing to park on-site at Whangarei Hospital pays a parking fee Monday through Friday, 8.30 am—5 pm. The first one (1) hour is free for the public. Weekends and after 5 pm during the week are also free. Motorbikes and bicycles can park for free every day.


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Neonatal Unit

Level 1, Te Kotuku Building, Whangārei Hospital Campus, Hospital Rd, Whangārei


Ph: 09 430 4101 ext 8425 or 8426

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