Perinatal Service

Our Perinatal Service helps families whose precious baby may have been given an uncertain or life-limiting diagnosis. This can leave families with feelings of anxiety and fear, and the need for some extra support.

A neonatal nurse with experience in palliative and end-of-life care can offer emotional, practical, social and spiritual support to you and your family.

It may also be that your baby has an uncertain diagnosis (e.g. extreme prematurity) and you may wish to talk this through with someone. This may include advocacy, counselling, financial advice and bereavement support. We have a dedicated family councillor and a family support team on hand to assist in whatever you may need. They can meet you on the neonatal unit or at home.

  • Family Support
  • Playgroup
  • End of Life Care

A neonatal nurse with experience in palliative and end-of-life care can offer emotional, practical, social and spiritual support to you and your family.

It may also be that your baby has an uncertain diagnosis (e.g. extreme prematurity) and you may wish to talk this through with someone. This may include advocacy, counselling, financial advice and bereavement support. We have a dedicated family councillor and a family support team on hand to assist in whatever you may need. They can meet you on the neonatal unit or at home.

Our weekly playgroup takes place in Derian’s Seaside Room for children from birth to five-years-old. Siblings (under five) can also come along and enjoy the fun if your baby meets the criteria for our help.

We have fantastic sensory equipment such as our magic carpet, which can help stimulate your baby through light and sound. We meet on a Tuesday morning 10am to 11.45am (term-time only). This is a warm, friendly environment, with tea, coffee and biscuits and an opportunity to meet other families.

Our aim is to make the most difficult time a family will have to go through the best it can be, whether this is at Derian House or at home.

We cannot change a diagnosis, but our experienced team of palliative care nurses can offer support, comfort, reassurance, and instil a sense of calm. We will ensure your baby’s needs are met – whether this is providing symptom management or simply advice. We are always on-call, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Derian can also liaise with other professionals at multi-disciplinary meetings to make sure your baby gets the best care available.

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