Neonatal transport services in the UK by region – please click on map for larger image.
We will undertake emergency transfers in or out of a London neonatal units where there is a clinical need for escalation of care, for urgent surgery or specialist review, and exceptionally for capacity reasons if a unit is over their cot capacity or has severe staff shortage.
We do not usually undertake transfer of babies into Great Ormond Street Hospital for cardiac care or ECMO, this is usually done by CATS. Transfers into PICU units are usually done by STRS South of the Thames and CATS North of the Thames. If we receive a referral that we feel falls under the remit of another team, we will do our best to liaise with the other team and hand over the case rather than refusing the referral.
The emergency remit is directly commissioned to provide this service to London units.
You can download the full NTS Operational Remit.
We will undertake elective transfers from any London unit, with any distance inside mainland UK considered. These would usually be nurse-led repatriation (back-transfer) of non-ventilated babies. Transfer of babies for routine investigations (e.g. EEG, EMG) and tertiary outpatient clinics would also fall under the elective remit.
Elective transfers are charged to the CCG of the referring unit and are no longer charged to individual NHS Trusts.
Kent, Surrey, Sussex (KSS)- based at Medway Maritime Hospital, Ashford St Peters and Royal Sussex County Hospital respectively. These operate as a team to provide 24 hour cover and can be contacted via EBS London.
ANTS (Acute Neonatal Transfer Service) – based at Addenbrooke’s Hospital Cambridge, covering East of England including Essex and Hertfordshire. ANTS can be contacted via East of England EBS on 01223 274 274.
CATS (Childrens Acute Transport Service) – based at Great Ormond Street Hospital, providing paediatric transport services usually into PICU units, but also covering neonatal transfers into GOSH for ECMO or cardiac surgery.