What is a neonatal network?
Neonatal care for premature and sick babies is organised into geographical areas around the country where hospitals work together and are called neonatal networks. The networks allow doctors and nurses to share knowledge and skills and they help to ensure that the different levels of care are accessible for all babies. By working together, hospitals within a neonatal network create a smooth pathway for a baby and their family and the right level of care is provided as near to home as possible. Neonatal networks often include a designated transport service which means that any baby who has to be moved from one hospital to another is cared for by specially trained medical and nursing staff.