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Jaundice (Neonatal)


Jaundice is a term used to describe the yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes.

About the Prolonged Jaundice Clinic

Prolonged jaundice is term babies (>37 weeks) at 14 days and preterm babies (<37 weeks) at 21 days who are still jaundiced.

The babies should all be well, if not well refer to CED at UHCW, otherwise refer to Prolonged Jaundice Clinic

The investigations: bilirubinaemia and particularly conjugated hyperbilirubinaemia.

We also look for anaemia to rule out haemolytic causes for the Jaundice. This is usually by a heel prick for blood.

After the clinic a letter will be sent to the GP and family with the results explaining whether any further investigations need to be done or if we are happy to discharge the baby.

The child may continue to be jaundiced but as long as they remain well no further investigations should be required as long as the jaundice is resolving.


Referrals are normally received from midwives or GPs

The clinic is now under the care of Dr Hema Kannappan

Every Monday afternoon from 1pm at UHCW for patients from Coventry & Warwickshire

Please provide the child’s NHS number / DOB and surname and address if possible

If the patient was not born at UHCW provide full patient demographics to register the baby and book the appointment

Contact: Saima Sajad (secretary to Dr Hema Kannappan UHCW) 07:30 – 16:30 except Wed & Thursday 07:30-13:30

Alternatively if on leave contact Sharon Brown (02476 967234) or Lauren Owen (02476 967233)

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