Neonatal Networks, admissions and transfers: the perspectives of networks, neonatal units and parents

A national survey of neonatal units, commissioned by BLISS the premature baby charity, was designed and carried out by the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit in 2006. This survey focused on fundamental issues associated with the organisation of neonatal care, transfers and the role of neonatal networks. It followed on from a survey completed in 2005 by the NPEU, looking at policy and organisation.

The new report, which includes an executive summary, presents key findings on managed clinical networks in neonatal care, neonatal unit capacity, staffing, transfers and parent's views and experiences about admission and transfer.

Commissioned by: BLISS.

Authors: Maggie Redshaw and Karen Hamilton.