The newly expanded, two-story Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) annex at Women’s Hospital was officially inaugurated in October 2015.

The expansion provides an additional 27 cots to the existing 80, between intensive and intermediate care wards, making this NICU the largest in the GCC region. 

The facility incorporates four mother and baby rooms, two dedicated breastfeeding rooms, 50 staff workstations, additional meeting rooms and an education room. A counselling/bereavement suite, set apart from the main circulation, provides greater privacy and dignity for grieving families.

In addition, the opening of the unit supports a new neonatal developmental care model. This will change the current neonatal philosophy and the environment of care into an individualized understanding of needs for patients and families. This model focuses on optimizing both short and long term physical, mental, emotional growth and supports positive health outcomes for the special care babies admitted to the neonatal intensive care units across HMC.

Projected to care for more than 2,000 critically ill newborns a year, this unit will enable HMC to offer expecting mothers access to the most advanced medical equipment and facilities in the country with an unprecedented scope of services, and redefined space.

The NICU extension is a critical piece of the HMC Facilities Master Plan to develop a purpose built unit that benefits our most fragile patients in Qatar and ensures seamless care for both mother and baby.