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Neonatal Transfer service celebrates 5th Birthday!

Staff from Greater Manchester Neonatal Transport Service (GMNeTS) are to be presented with a specially donated cake to celebrate the service’s fifth birthday. GMNeTS helps save the lives of sick and premature babies by transferring them between neonatal intensive care units or specialist hospitals for surgery across the North West. Since it was set up in 2005, GMNeTS has carried out over 1422 emergency transfers and 2480 planned non-emergency transfers, including more than 1000 babies who have been treated in Saint Mary’s Hospital’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit. They have also clocked up over 120,000 ambulance miles and have been on call for over 43,800 hours! GMNeTS were integral to the success of Saint Mary’s move into their new state-of-art hospital last July, safely transferring babies from both the maternity and neonatal units. GMNeTS are central to the region-wide Making it Better plans to improve the level of care available to the smallest and most vulnerable babies. The transport team will continue to ensure the safe, planned and emergency transfer of babies from smaller units offering less intensive care to ones with highest levels of care, including the three proposed regional centres of excellence including Saint Mary’s Hospital and purpose built developments at the Royal Bolton and Royal Oldham Hospitals. Dr Ian Dady, Consultant Neonatologist and Clinical Lead for GMNeTS, said “For many families having a sick or premature baby admitted to special care and then transferred to another hospital is an extremely stressful experience. Over the last five years it’s been a privilege to work with many highly skilled and professional staff in the Greater Manchester Neonatal Transport Service, Ambulance Service and hospital neonatal units to provide the safest system possible for transferring babies. I hope that over the coming years we can continue to improve this service by bringing new developments to provide the highest quality of care to babies and their families during this difficult time.”