The Trevor Mann Baby Unit (TMBU) is a specialist NHS department for the care of premature and sick newborn babies
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Take a look inside our unit

The Trevor Mann Baby Unit in Brighton has four nurseries:

  • Nursery 1 is an intensive care nursery, mainly for babies who need help with their breathing.
  • Nursery 2 is the high dependency nursery for babies who have improved but may still need some support with their breathing.
  • Nursery 3 is the special care nursery.

The Special Care Baby Unit in Haywards Heath has two special care nurseries. They are equipped to stabilise a baby for transfer to Brighton or another intensive care unit.

What does the equipment do?

We may need to use specialised equipment to help us look after your baby. If we do need any of this, we will explain its purpose in detail to you, but here is a brief explanation of some of the terms you may hear:

  • An incubator is a clear, perspex-covered cot that allows us to see the baby easily and provides extra warmth and humidity, if necessary.
  • An open incubator with an overhead heater also provides extra warmth, but makes it easier for you to touch the baby. This is generally used for bigger babies.
  • A ventilator helps the baby to breathe through a tube that goes through the baby’s mouth or nose and down into the windpipe (endotracheal tube). Monitoring equipment allows us to check on the baby’s condition without disturbing him or her.
  • A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine helps the baby to breathe by providing a continuous flow of air or oxygen through soft prongs into the baby’s nose.
  • A heated and humidified high-flow nasal cannula device provides a high flow of warm moist air or oxygen through small nasal prongs into the baby’s nose.
  • A naso-/orogastric tube is a soft plastic tube passed through the nose or mouth into the stomach for feeding and the removal of air or stomach juices.
  • A long line is a special plastic tube inserted into a vein. They are used to deliver special medicine and nutrition.
  • An umbilical line is a special plastic tube inserted into an umbilical vein or artery. The end of the tube lies outside the heart in a large vessel. They are used to deliver special medicine and nutrition or to monitor the baby´s well-being.
  • A cannula is a small plastic tube that is inserted into a blood vessel using a needle.  It can be attached to a drip or be used to deliver medicines.
  • A phototherapy device produces blue or white light which reduces the jaundice level.