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Gosset ward

Gosset ward


Contact details:

Telephone: 01604 545520

Gosset Ward
Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust
Northampton NN1 5BD

How to find us:

Gosset ward is located in area M, (West entrance). The nearest car parks are 3 and 4. Disabled car parking is available in area K. Admission to the neonatal unit is through Disney ward, which is via swipe-controlled doors.

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Visiting times

In normal circumstances parents may visit at any time. 

Your babys brothers and sisters, plus two designated grandparents are welcome to visit the unit between 15.00-18.00. this is provided that they are not unwell and have no symptoms of colds, flu, diarrhoea or vomiting or any other illness or infections.

During weekends and on Bank Holidays siblings can visit from 10.00-18.00.

Siblings and grandparents must be accompanies by parents at all times. There should be a maximum of two people per family in the room (one of whom must be the babys parent even with multiple births.) Please note these visitors are not able to touch or hold your baby whilst on Gosset due to the high risk of passing on any possible infection.

What should I do on arrival to the ward?

On arrival to Gosset ward please ring the bell and wait to be let in. You will then need to wash your hands before entering the ward.

Where should I park?

Whilst your baby is on Gosset you will be given an admissions pack which will include a voucher to exchange for a car parking exemption ticket. Further tickers will be issued as required during your baby's stay on Gosset. Please ask the ward reception or nurse looking after your baby for more details.

For all other visitors the nearest car parks are 3 & 4 and operate on a pay and display basis. Disabled parking is available in area K.


About the ward

On the ward we aim to provide your baby with the best start in life. It is important that at some time during the day your baby is given the opportunity to have complete rest. This means that noise will be kept to a minimum, the lights will be dimmed and the window blinds shut at times during the day.

A parents room is provided for you to relax, consume refreshments and sit with your visits. The garden area is also available to use. Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the hospital site.


About the team

There are five neonatologists who provide cover for Gosset ward.

The nursing staff are led by the ward manager. Most nurse have a qualification in childrens nursing and some have additional qualifications in neonatal intensive care nursing. There are also nursery nurses, healthcare assistants and ward receptionists in the team. the team is supported by the practice development facilitator for paediatrics.

The neonatal outreach service aims to support your baby to get home as soon as possible and support with community visits.



Ward Manager: Michelle Hardwick                            Neonatal clinical Lead: Dr Fiona Thompson



Gosset Ward is a neonatal intensive care unit which cares for newborn babies who require some form of special high dependency or intensive care nursing.

Most of the babies admitted to Gosset are due to premature births. The normal length of pregnancy is 37 - 42 weeks gestation, so a baby born before 37 weeks is premature.

It is expected that babies less than 34 weeks will be admitted to the unit. Babies at 34 weeks or more will only be admitted to Gosset if they need specialist care. It is not unusual to admit full term babies to the unit for various reasons.

The unit is part of the East Midlands operation delivery network and is a designated level two unit and is allowed to practice intensive care for babies of 27 weeks' gestation or above and 28 weeks and above for twins.

Upon arrival, you will be given an admission pack containing lots of useful information. This will include introductory leaflets and booklets to help you look after your baby. Additional leaflets are available that are relevant to your baby.

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