Table 1

 Pragmatic definitions of different designations of neonatal services

Level 3One staffed by consultants, all with specialist neonatal training, and where all medical staff, when clinically responsible for the neonatal service, have no other commitments
Level 2One staffed by consultants and resident experienced doctors who also cover an adjacent children’s service but with one doctor/advanced nurse practitioner available for the service at all times without other commitments
Level 1One that plans to provide neither intensive nor high-dependency neonatal care except in an emergency