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Leo’s takes referrals for families or children who have spent time on a neonatal unit in the North East of England. The neonatal units we work alongside include The James Cook University Hospital, Sunderland Royal, Darlington Memorial and The University Hospital of North Durham.

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.

If you are a family who have experienced a bereavement on a neonatal unit in the North East of England and need specialist bereavement care, please email us at

Facts & Figures

79% of parents said a neonatal stay affected their mental health

Leo’s saw a 337% increase in need due to COVID-19

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