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Leo’s takes referrals for families or children who have spent time on a neonatal unit, families where a current pregnancy is likely to result in a neonatal stay, families who have had a prior neonatal stay and are worried about another neonatal admission.

Hospitals covered by Leo’s include The University Hospital of North Tees, The James Cook University Hospital, Darlington Memorial Hospital, The Unviersity Hospital of North Durham and Sunderland Royal.

If you are a family needing support from Leo’s and you have been discharged home and you live within Teesside, County Durham, Darlington or Sunderland and have been on any neonatal unit in the North East, we are able to support you.

Families are able to refer themselves in, or professionals can do this on their behalf.

Our support covers physical, social and psychological support for families who have had a baby born sick or premature.

We cover the family unit including, babies, children (up to the age of six), parents / carers, siblings and grandparents.

Our team will assess what each family needs on an individual basis to ensure they get the best care from Leo’s.

Professionals able to refer in to Leo’s support may include, neonatal teams, midwives, paediatric teams, health visitors, GPs, social services, portage, early help. physiotherapist, SALT, dieticians etc. A family member must given consent for you to fill in the application. They must email our team separately with the email address listed on the form to confirm this, or be cc’d in to your referral email.

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