Tamsyn Crane explores the current pressures on neonatal care and challenges that must be addressed to resource the ambitions of the Long Term Plan
Neonatal care is a highly intensive setting, in which medical and nursing teams provide support and care to premature and very sick infants and their families 24 hours a day. The level of care that these babies require varies greatly from transitional care, which may include feeding support or short-term antibiotics, to full intensive care, which may include respiratory and/or cardiovascular support, intravenous nutrition, or complex invasive surgery. Length of admission to neonatal care can range from a few hours to 6 months or more. No other speciality encompasses such a spectrum of medical disciplines, which makes the delivery of neonatal care all the more complicated.