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Antenatal maternal transfers in the east of England: role of a centralised cot bureau
  1. I U Cheema,
  2. R K Bomont
  1. Acute Neonatal Transport Service, Addenbrookes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 2QQ, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr Cheema
    Acute Neonatal Transport Service, Box 224, Addenbrookes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Hills Road Cambridge CB2 2QQ, UK; Irfan.cheema{at}addenbrookes.nhs.uk

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There are anecdotal reports of expecting mothers, likely to deliver an infant requiring neonatal intensive care, transferred between hospitals because of lack of local neonatal intensive care capacity. However, there are no data on the scale of this practice. The job of locating an admitting hospital often befalls the clinical staff on busy delivery units, taking them away from direct clinical care. Although this activity does not involve neonatal staff directly, it does raise questions about appropriate management of neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) resources locally especially with the development of neonatal networks. Recognising these issues, the regional neonatal transport service extended the …

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