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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Cots for Tots - supporting special care babies at St Michael's Hospital, Bristol

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St Michael's Hospital is the only unit in the South West region offering the highest level of care to critically ill and premature babies from Bristol, the South West region and South Wales.

The hospital treats over 800 babies each year, from those born as early as 23 weeks, to babies requiring life-saving treatment and care when they are born at full-term.

Our Cots for Tots appeal raises money to ensure the Unit is equipped with the latest pioneering medical equipment to help save lives and support the excellent care provided by the clinical teams at the unit. Since 2010, Cots for Tots has funded millions of pounds worth of equipment, research, patient comforts and family accommodation.

Cots for Tots also provides support to the Newborn Emergency Stabilisation and Transfer (NEST) Team. The NEST Team responds to emergency calls regarding critically ill and premature babies born throughout the South West region and South Wales and, once they have been stabilised, transports them promptly and safely to Bristol’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Support is also provided to the Unit through our family accommodation, Cots for Tots House. You can find out more about our family accommodation and the difference it makes via the link below.

“Cots for Tots is a charity not just for poorly babies but also for parents and families. Thanks to the charity and its wonderful supporters, we've been able to invest in life-saving equipment and vital parental support.”

Dr Anoo Jain

Clinical Lead for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Find out more about the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit