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.