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The Manchester Neonatal Out-reach team (MNORT) was set up in 1945 to address the increasing infant mortality rates in central Manchester, which at the time were below the national average. Currently, the infant mortality rates compare favourably with the national average.

The MNORT consists of a highly specialised team of midwives, neonatal nurses and nursery nurses. All members of the team have experience in working in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) before transferring into the community. We are a citywide service.

The team accepts referrals from Saint Mary's, Wythenshawe and North Manchester NICUs. We also receive referrals from the postnatal wards from the aforementioned hospitals. Babies from the postnatal wards are generally babies that are born mildly preterm with a gestation of 35 weeks or have a birth weight of 2.2kg or below.

The majority of babies we visit at home are preterm. A significant number of these preterm infants, although generally healthy, may still require oxygen support until there is significant lung growth and they can be weaned off the oxygen. Having an experienced community service allows for earlier discharge from hospital which benefits both baby and their parents.