Geography of the Network
The South West Neonatal Network serves a population of 4.7million people spread across 9000 square miles – the largest regional footprint in England. It has a live birth rate of approximately 60,000 babies per annum. It stretches from the Isles of Scilly up to the North of the region where it borders Wales, and 7 English Counties from Oxfordshire round to Dorset. There are a total of 12 units within the Network. Three of these are designated as Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU), six as Local Neonatal Units (LNU) and three as Special Care Baby Units (SCBUs). It covers all Local Authorities in the South West and care is provided on the 12 sites by 12 different NHS Foundation/Acute Hospital Trusts.