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), 7 as Local Neonatal Units (LNU) and 3 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.