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Visiting Leicester Neonatal Units

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The UHL Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Leicester Royal Infirmary is in the Maternity building (Kensington building) close to the Accident and Emergency entrance (please see the hospital site map).

LRI Urgent care centre location
Urgent care centre location at the Leicester Royal Infirmary

Come in through the Maternity entrance on ground floor and ask at reception or follow directions for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

For travel information and directions to the Leicester General Hospital, please see https://www.leicestershospitals.nhs.uk/aboutus/our-hospitals

Visiting Times

Open visiting for parents and siblings.

Other visitors 12-8pm.

Two additional visitors may visit per day, but a parent must be present. Only two people per cotside at any one time.

Please do not visit if you have any symptoms of being unwell, as our babies are extremely vulnerable.


All babies have a right to privacy, please respect the privacy of other babies on the unit.

Parents are encouraged and welcomed on ward rounds - their input is usually very helpful. There are issues of confidentiality when the medical team are discussing other babies. Please be conscious of this.

There are some occasions when we may ask you to leave the area in which your baby is being cared for.


Access to all areas is controlled by a security lock. This is for the protection of your baby, and so that ward staff know who is coming into the ward. Please do not allow anyone to follow you into the unit, even if they appear to be a member of staff. Staff who work on the unit have access passes.

Infection Control

All premature and sick newborn babies are at increased risk of infection.

It is essential that all staff, parents and visitors clean their hands on entering a clinical area and before and after handling baby. There is hand rub at each cot space and sinks throughout the unit.

Please tell us if you or a member of your family have a cold, gastroenteritis, a cold sore or chicken pox.

On admission to the unit for parents and babies, and at weekly intervals for babies, we screen for carriage of antibiotic resistant bacteria, so that if infection arises we know what antibiotics to use.