The Department of Neonatology at Burjeel Hospital is a Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care facility which offers intensive care for preterm infants (> 25 weeks gestation) as well as term infants who are unwell. With state-of-the-art equipment and timely clinical assistance, we offer exemplary levels of care inclusive of neonatal diagnosis, surgery as well as rehabilitation. We are fully equipped to care for newborns with difficult medical issues. Additionally, this is the largest level 3 NICU facility in Abu Dhabi.

Burjeel NICU is located on the 1st floor in `B` block next to the Labor Ward and Operating Theatres. This location makes it easy to transfer any sick newborn to the NICU quickly either from the Labor ward or the Operating Theatres. The `Baby Clinic` which caters exclusively to newborn infants up to 28 days of age is also located on the same floor in front of the NICU.

Burjeel NICU is a 25 bed unit with 13 Intensive care cots and 12 Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) cots. It is equipped with the state of the art technology to care for sick premature and term newborns with complex medical problems.

  • Care of Extreme Premature infants > 25 weeks gestation

    Premature infants are those who are born before 37 weeks gestation. Currently Burjeel NICU offers care for Premature Infants > 25 weeks gestation. We have state of the art Resuscitators and Incubators to safely manage these infants.

    Premature infants may have problems related to-

    • Temperature control : Low temperature (Hypothermia)
    • Lungs : Breathing difficulty due to immature lungs, air leak
    • Heart : Low blood pressure, patent ductusarteriosus (PDA)
    • Brain : Bleeding into the brain(IntraventricularhaemorrhageIVH), Forget to breathe (Apnoea of prematurity)
    • Intestine : NecrotisingEnterocolitis (NEC)
    • Eyes : Retinopathy Of Prematurity (ROP)
    • Blood : Anemia and Jaundice
    • Metabolism : Low blood sugar (Hypoglycemia)
    • Immune system : Sepsis, Pneumonia
  • Sick Term infants (newborn infants > 37 weeks gestation)
  • Both Conventional Ventilation and High Frequency Oscillation Ventilation (HFOV)

    Breathing support of all types (Invasive: Conventional & High frequency ventilatory support. Non-invasive: CPAP, HHHFNC) and Oxygen along with Surfactant (a medicine for immature lungs) administration is offered at Burjeel NICU.

    Invasive Ventilation: Breathing support (Ventilation) is provided by inserting a Tube into the main breathing tube (Trachea) of the baby. There are mainly to 2 forms of Invasive Ventilation-

    • Conventional Mechanical Ventilation
    • High Frequency Oscillation Ventilation (HFOV)

    Non-Invasive Ventilation: is provided by inserting short soft nasal prongs or a soft mask with varying degrees of pressure to support the lungs. This form of ventilation is gentler and is now preferred for premature infants except for the most premature and smallest infants. The two main forms of Non-invasive ventilation-

    • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
    • High Flow Therapy (HFT)
  • Therapeutic Hypothermia (Total Body Cooling)

    Total Body Cooling (TBC) is a treatment given to newborn infants with moderate or severe Hypoxic Ischaemic Encephalopathy (HIE). In HIE, baby’s supply of oxygen is interrupted during birth. Hypoxic-ischaemia is a lack of oxygen and/or blood flow getting to your baby from the placenta during the birthing process.

    Research has shown that TBC helps with the healing process of your baby’s brain. In this treatment cooling is started before the baby is 6hrs old and continues for 3 days. During the cooling period, brain activity is continuously monitored by a machine called Cerebral Function Monitor- CFAM).

  • Total Parenteral Nutrition

    Maintaining adequate nutrition of premature infants is very important for their survival and good outcome. As the digestive system of premature infants is immature, establishing them on milk feeds takes time. TPN (Total Parenteral Nutrition) provides premature infants the required amounts of protein, fat, carbohydrate, vitamins & minerals.

    TPN is given usually given through a catheter placed into a large central vein. Burjeel NICU provides TPNto premature infants prepared in our Central Pharmacy under strict aseptic precautions as per international standards.

  • Neonatal Transport Service

    Burjeel hospital has a fully equipped Neonatal Transport system to transport newborn infants. The transport system has inbuilt ventilator to provide mechanical ventilation during transfer.

  • Other Specialist services:
    • Neonatal & Paediatric Surgery
    • 2D-Echocardiogram for diagnosing Congenital Heart problems

      There is 1 cardiologist with experience in Paediatric Cardiology who perform 2D- echocardiogram on newborn infants to diagnose Congenital Heart problems.

      Dr. C. G. Venkitachalam is a Cardiologist with extensive experience in Paediatric cardiology. He was Professor of Cardiology at SreeChitra Institute of Medical Sciences & Technology-India, honorary visiting Professor at Boston Children’s Hospital, USA.

    • Paediatric Orthopedics for management of congenital bone problems

      Newborn infants with problems related to bone (for ex: Club feet) are seen by Dr. Marie Josee Caron, Consultant in Paediatric Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Marie has an extensive medical experience of more than 14 years in USA, Canada and the United Arab Emirates.

    • Ophthalmology services for detection of Retinopathy Of Prematurity (ROP)

      In premature infants the back of the eye known as the Retina is not fully developed at birth. The blood vessels that feed the retina have not finished growing. The blood vessels in some of these preterm infants stop growing initially and then start to grow abnormally and randomly. These blood vessels can leak and scar the retina or in severe cases the retina can get detached leading to loss of vision.

      Premature infants at risk of developing ROP are screened regularly by our Ophthalmologist (Eye doctor) and treated when necessary.

    • Hearing Test

      At Burjeel hospital, hearing test is part of a comprehensive package for newborn screening. This is a screening test to detect any hearing loss. In Burjeel the Automated Auditory Brainstem Response (AABR) test is offered as it is more comprehensive.

    • Radiology

      The Radiology department at Burjeel Hospital provides 24 hr services. Apart from the basic imaging services we also provide advanced radiology services for newborn infants like MRI scan, CT scan and Neurosonogram.


Support to Parents and Resources to Parents:

In NICU: Burjeel NICU team provides support to the parents and family of the infant with a family centered approach. We understand the needs of the parents and the family when their newborn is admitted to the NICU. Parents are counseled daily about the condition of the baby and details of the treatment being provided. The visitation policy has been tailored for the family allowing parents and grandparents to visit the NICU to see their newborn infant.

At Burjeel Hospital, we believe in providing support and care for all health issues that might arise in a baby’s growth, development as well as health. Newborn infants who are discharged from the hospital are reviewed in the `Baby Clinic` upto 28 days for monitoring their growth, feeding, jaundice and other issues in this crucial period.

We are pioneers in establishing the 1st Baby Clinic in Abu Dhabi exclusively for Newborn infants upto 28 days. Key services that we offer in the baby clinic as follows :-

  • Breast Feeding Advice: Burjeel hospital encourages and supports mothers to breastfeed their newborn infants. We have a Lactation Consultant who provides advice and support to mothers to breastfeed their newborn infants.
  • Newborn Assessment: Newborn infants in the post natal ward are checked by experienced doctors in the first 12-24hrs. During this examination your baby is thoroughly examined from head to toe.
  • Monitoring for Jaundice: Your baby will be monitored for the development of significant jaundice by baby friendly device (Transcutaneous Bilirubinometers). If significant jaundice is detected by this device, your baby will need a blood test and managed according to the hospital policy.
  • Daily Weight and monitoring of vital parameters: Newborn infants lose weight in the first few days and should start gaining weight over the next few days. Your baby’s weight is checked daily to identify any significant weight loss and provide advice to the mothers of those babies with significant weight loss. Vital parameters like heart rate, respiratory rate, temperature are monitored daily for your babies.
  • Information Leaflets: We have designed Information Leaflets for parents about the common neonatal problems in newborn infants. We have also designed a Baby Booklet which provides clear advice about the commonly encountered issues. To know more Download the Baby Booklet
  • Growth & Development clinic: This Clinic is for high risk babies to monitor their growth & development until the age of 2 yrs. This is run by the Consultant Neonatologists and is once monthly on the 1st Monday of the month.
  • RSV vaccination Clinic: This clinic is mainly for preterm babies who require vaccination against Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV).  This clinic is run by Dr Riem Farah and is done in the Baby Clinic.


Our NICU Team:
Burjeel NICU team comprises of highly skilled Doctors, Nurses and Support staff providing 24hr care for the newborn infants admitted to NICU.


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The reputation of a hospital is built on the quality of medical care provided. Hence, stringent standards are in place to recruit world-class medical professionals. Our panel of highly qualified doctors have trained extensively in leading hospitals around the world and possess internationally recognized degrees from Europe, USA and other continents. Combined with state-of-the-art technology, the team delivers exemplary care and treatment following the highest international standards and protocols.

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