Specialised neonatal care for the youngest of Blue Mountains residents is now available closer to home with the opening of a dedicated Special Care Nursery at Blue Mountains District ANZAC Memorial Hospital. The Perrottet Government has committed more than $290,000 recurrent funding towards the Special Care Nursery, the opening of which will be welcome news for local families who would previously have travelled out of area for neonatal care.

Families can rest assured that their unwell infants will receive high quality care from the specialised staff in this new nursery at their local Blue Mountains hospital. 

The new three-bed Special Care Nursery is a dedicated unit for infants needing care for less complicated but still concerning neonatal issues or additional medical monitoring who do not require intensive care admission.

The nursery is staffed by visiting medical officer paediatricians, a paediatric registrar, nurses and midwives, and supported by allied health services such as a speech pathologist, dietitian and social worker.

Minister for Health Brad Hazzard said the nursery will allow babies requiring up to Level 2 neonatal care to remain close to home and importantly, close to family, while undergoing treatment.

“We want to ensure that families remain together at this very special time in their lives. Providing hospital care close to home is key,” Mr Hazzard said.

With established links to Nepean Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the nursery also enhances clinical collaboration with neighbouring hospitals by providing an additional option for paediatric care in the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District.