Neonatal transfer services across the UK have evolved at different rates, using a variety of approaches. Scotland, Northern Ireland and most recently Wales have adopted a more centralised approach than in England, where due to comparative population size transport services have developed alongside neonatal network boundaries. Despite considerable investment, transport provision remains variable in some areas and there are continuing issues common to most regions, including service provision and configuration, training, competencies and audit. Further development is required to optimise the use of available resources and develop benchmarking to ensure a high quality sustainable service.
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