We are extremely busy in our emergency department so please use our services wisely.  In emergency and life-threatening cases continue to come forward as normal or call 999. 

However, if you are unsure about where to go, please call NHS 111 before coming to our emergency department who can best advise you on your next step.

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Feeding cues

Watch your baby not the clock! It is important to follow your baby’s cues when they want to feed. Sadly, they can’t talk to communicate this to us, instead they use these handy cues to let us know. Have you noticed your baby doing these?

  • Facial movements
  • Mouth opening
  • Stretching
  • Rooting or sucking fingers
  • Turning head
  • Crying is a late sign of hunger

It is important to also remember that we would expect eight to ten feeds within a 24 hour period.

This video is a really great demonstration of these early cues and shows you how subtle they can sometimes be.