University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Meet the team

Our team is committed to providing high quality care for sick and premature babies. We believe in learning and professional development, and we ensure that a motivated and enthusiastic team is caring for your baby. 

Consultant neonatologists

These are the most senior doctors, leading the team and with overall responsibility for babies on the unit. Each baby will have a named consultant for the duration of their stay. Each consultant has their own particular area of interest, and leads a daily ward round.

  • Dr Rupjani Banerjee
  • Dr Kelly Brown

  • Dr Sarah Davidson 

  • Dr Helen Fielder

  • Dr Kevin Goss

  • Dr Mark Johnson (clinical lead)

  • Dr Regina Nalliannan
  • Dr Freya Pearson 

  • Dr Victoria Puddy (Wessex neonatal ODN clinical lead )

  • Dr Alok Sharma

  • Dr Bala Thyagarajan
  • Dr Donna Winderbank-Scott

Consultant paediatric surgeons

These are senior surgeons, working closely with the clinical surgical nurse specialist.

Wider team

Our team includes:

  • Our unit matron, Fiona Lawson, who is in charge of nursing staffing on the unit.
  • Advanced neonatal nurse practitioners - these are experienced neonatal nurses who have studied the care of sick infants. They are responsible for the medical management of babies, as they can perform some procedures and are qualified to prescribe medication.
  • A surgical nurse specialist, who works with babies having surgery and support their family.
  • Family care support team - nurses who work with families, offering services including emotional support, help finding accommodation, and bereavement counselling.
  • A paediatric physiotherapist can help babies with breathing and limb movement, encouraging natural growth and development.
  • A pharmacist who puts together, checks and dispenses medication for sick and premature infants.
  • A dietitian, who assesses a baby's nutritional needs and develops a programme for them.
  • A speech and language therapist to provide developmental care, help stimulate oral feeding and support breastfeeding. 
  • Technicians who make sure our equipment is safe and working correctly, and help when babies are transferred to other hospitals.
  • A breastfeeding support team, running regular clinics in the hospital and community to give advice. They also run our unit's milk bank.
  • A liaison health visitor who works with families taking their babies home.
  • The paediatric social work team works with families to talk through the emotional aspects of having a baby in NICU, as well as the practicalities of the long-term care of the child.
  • A member of the hospital chaplaincy, offering spiritual and emotional support. They see members of all faiths and religions, including people with no religion.
  • Our clinical education team, led by Tamsyn Crane, is responsible for the continuing traning of our intensive care medical staff, such as nurses and physios.
  • Administration staff, whose role includes booking appointments and sending letters.
  • Our data team, who analyse figures and audit our performance.