In 2019, The NICU Foundation partnered with The South West Neonatal Operational Delivery Network. The network are a mandated NHS organisation that oversees all the Neonatal Units in the South West to ensure that they provide high quality Neonatal care to all families and their infants in the right place at the right time.
They serve a population of 4.7 million people spread across 9000 square miles – the largest regional footprint in England. It has a live birth rate of approximately 50,000 babies per year stretching from the Isles of Scilly up to the North of the region where it borders Wales, and seven English Counties from Oxfordshire round to Dorset.
Their three Neonatal Intensive Care Units, six Local Neonatal Units and three Special Care Units spread across the region admit over 4,500 babies a year. As the SW Neonatal Network, they work in partnership with families and healthcare professionals to help each clinical setting achieve the highest standard of care possible.
Families find their babies admitted to a Neonatal Unit for many different reasons, from illness to being born prematurely but all will find exceptional clinical expertise, specialist care and a compassionate community which will help them navigate through the first days, weeks and months, of their child’s life.
Thousands of babies and families, hundreds of healthcare providers, 12 units, 2 transport teams - 1 South West Neonatal Network.