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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at KEMH and PMH

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About The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

King Edward Memorial Hospital’s (KEMH) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) cares for more than 3000 babies annually and is the largest NICU in the southern hemisphere. The NICU encompasses neonatal units at KEMH & Princess Margaret Hospital and the state-wide Newborn Emergency Transport Service (NETS WA).

The KEMH NICU and The University of Western Australia lead the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) for Preterm Infants. The CRE includes collaborations with the Murdoch Children's Research institute, Monash University. Sydney University and Murdoch University. The CRE aims to improves the lives of preterm infants through preclinical and clinical research, education and translation.

Please view our health resources for information on neonatology and baby health.

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Visiting the NICU

Tiny newborn hand gripping finger

Parents may visit their baby at any time, for the health and safety of our babies in the NICU, visitors are restricted as follows:

  • Parents and grandparents only.
  • Maximum of two (2) people allowed to visit at a time.
  • One parent must be present during all visits (i.e. one grandparent with one parent).
  • Children under 16 years, inclusive, not permitted in the NICU.

Special circumstances may be considered, please talk to senior staff about permission for people, other than those listed.


While visitors to the NICU are restricted, there is technology to allow you and your family and friends to see your baby via the online service Look@MyBaby.

To view your baby on the nursery webcam you first need to register with Look@MyBaby and tell them which nursery you are in and obtain a username and a password. You will need to call every time you want to use the webcam. The Look@MyBaby service is free to families at KEMH. Please read the brochure for more information.

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