Newborn Intensive Care Unit

New Born Intensive Care Unit

Newborn (neonatal) intensive care is the specialised medical and nursing care of newborn babies who are very premature or with health concerns.

The unit at Waikato Hospital is one of six level three (intensive care) newborn units throughout New Zealand and caters for babies from Waikato, the wider Midland health region and sometimes babies are transferred in by ambulance or rescue helicopter from parts of the country where a level three intense neonatal unit is not available or the nearest NICU is full.


Newborn Intensive Care is part of the Children's Health group of services, and comes under the Waikids brand of services for Waikato children..
The unit includes:

  • a 41-bed, level one to three facility in Waikato Hospital
  • Neonatal air/land retrieval service
  • Cater for surgical babies with our own specialist paediatric surgeons
  • Neonatal homecare community nurse specialists - community follow-up

NICU was fully refurbished and extended in 2008/9 to create an area with four times greater capacity and more space for families and staff.

Waikato NICU has

  • seven nurseries ( five of those are level three nurseries), with state-of-the-art incubators and respiratory equipment. Babies admitted to these nurseries tend to require intensive respiratory support and intravenous nutrition.
  • two level two nurseries (special care). Babies there generally don’t require incubators, and are feeding and growing, almost ready to leave NICU.


Waikato Hospital, Waiora Waikato Hospital Campus, Pembroke Street, Hamilton

  • Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Level B1, Elizabeth Rothwell Building

Contact information

Waikato Hospital Operator: (07) 839 8899 for all services and departments

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