Sunnybrook Hospital cares for seriously ill and premature infants who are vulnerable to a host of serious health issues as well as cognitive difficulties and learning disabilities. They are leaders in preventing these problems and giving each of these young children the best chance at having a long, happy, healthy life.
Sunnybrook has a long-term approach to care. In the Neonatal Follow-Up Clinic, their paediatric specialists assess children who were cared for in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) regularly throughout their first several years, often up to the age of six and sometimes, depending on the needs of the child, beyond.
When a family cannot come to them, they visit their home. They identify potential challenges as early as possible and direct families to community resources that will help their children. They also work with schools to set these children up for success. Sunnybrook does these things because the discoveries they make often have lifelong implications.