Paediatric services at the Portland
There is a resident paediatrician (baby doctor) at the Portland hospital 24 hours a day. This paediatrician will attend the birth if requested and is available for any emergencies. The baby is then visited for a full check up by the Consultant paediatrician on the day after delivery on the ward. These paediatricians are also available to continue care for the baby following discharge from the Portland hospital. At present, the special care baby unit at the Portland takes babies from 30 weeks of age but will soon have the facilities to look after all babies from 28 weeks. These are the most advanced neonatal care services operating privately anywhere in the United Kingdom.
The hospital is also undergoing a major refurbishment to build a Paediatric Intensive Care Unit on the 6th floor which will be one of the most modern and up to date in the private sector
At the Portland we are keen to encourage all women to breast feed. Most find the first few days of breastfeeding difficult and it is therefore crucial that expert help is at hand for those who wish to persevere. All the Portland midwives are able to offer support but there is also a specialist breastfeeding counsellor who can give specialist individual advice to increase the chances of success. She is also available by appointment to perform home visits to give continuing support.