Who are we?

The London Neonatal Operational Delivery Network (ODN), is a formal structure in which our hospital Trusts, commissioners and patients work together to optimise healthcare and ensure the best possible outcomes. They focus on coordinating patient pathways between hospitals over a wide area to ensure access to specialist resources and expertise.

Our Mission

Right place, right time, right care.
Caring for new journeys, every step of the way.

An introduction

There are 27 hospitals across London which provide neonatal care. These hospitals work closely together in a network to provide specialist care for sick new-born babies. Pathways of care are based on three geographical areas: north central and north east London, north west London and south London. If your baby needs specialist care, where possible, this will be provided in the appropriate unit in your area. All networks face challenges and need to ensure that cot capacity is maintained therefore as soon as your baby is well enough they will be repatriated back to your local hospital for the rest of their high dependency or special care.

The aims of the Network are:
• For mothers and babies to receive the care they need, as close to home as possible
• To promote and share best practice
• To give families consistent and high quality information and support, and involve them in the care they receive

Most mothers have a normal pregnancy and support for this is provided in all hospitals, in birth centres and at home. Around one in ten babies need additional specialised care after birth. These babies are cared for within a neonatal unit by specialist trained nurses and doctors. There are three different levels of neonatal care: special care, high dependency care and intensive care. Sometimes it will be necessary to transfer babies to different hospitals within the network to provide the specialist care required. Over 12,000 babies born in London every year are in need of specialist care. This amounts to around 33 admissions per day to neonatal units in London.

The Network will improve outcomes and patient experience by
• Improving access and egress to specialist neonatal services
• Improving the quality of neonatal services
• Supporting the development of the neonatal workforce
• Working collaoboratively with service users to provide a patient supportive environment
• Working closely with maternity and paediatric services to ensure a seemless pathway of care

The London Neonatal Operational Delivery Network (ODN) supported by NHS England (NHSE) (London region) is hosted by the Evelina London Children’s Hospital, Part of the Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS FT and aims to improve outcomes for neonates in London. Like other NHS networks, ODNs need the expertise of clinicians if they are to run efficiently and effectively to deliver ongoing improvements in patient experience and outcomes.

What we do

Information for Parents & Families

We support parents of preterm and sick babies by providing information that we hope will inform and empower to understand what happens on a neonatal unit and how to care for you baby.

Supporting network Healthcare Professionals

The Neonatal ODN provides resources for healthcare professionals and encourages sharing of knowledge and learnings across the network. We have a range of specialists and provide education and training for staff.

London Neonatal Network Parent Support Groups

The Neonatal network encourages parents to share their experiences with other families. We host the London Neonatal Network Parent Advisory Group Chair.

Our London Neonatal Units

The Operational Delivery Network looks after all 27 neonatal units across London, their clinicians, professionals and parent representatives to ensure appropriate care is received by babies and their families across the network. Our London Neonatal Network is divided into 5 geographic areas; North Central, North East, South East, South West and North West.

Our family tree below has links to information on each neonatal unit. If you would like to view our units on a London map please see here