The Northern Neonatal Network is the largest of the neonatal networks in England in terms of geographical area covered. It stretches from the borders of Cumbria and Northumberland down past the Tees valley into North Yorkshire, where it borders the Yorkshire & Humber Neonatal Network.

There are a total of 11 units within the Network. Four of these are designated as Level 3 or Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU), and seven are designated as Level 1 or Special Care Baby Units (SCBUs). The eleven units working collaboratively with the Network to cater for a population of over 3 million people and an annual birth rate of approximately 35,000. It covers all Local Authorities in the North East and North Cumbria and care is provided on the 11 sites by nine different NHS Foundation/Acute Hospital Trusts.


NNN Map Sep 2015

Daily teaching

RVI neonates (Ward 35) welcome Northern Paediatric trainees to their daily teaching programme 8.30-9.15 am. If you have a free morning, email Sue Eddy neonatal secretary for a timetable and to inform attendance. This includes journal clubs, topic teaching, X ray teaching, risk management and case review.

Local research links

Newcastle Neonatal Research Team


Neonatal Life Support (NLS) Courses

The Resuscitation Council (UK) Newborn Life Support (NLS) course was launched in 1999 and is a standardised national course providing clear practical instruction in airway support and the theoretical background to illustrate its importance in resuscitation of the newborn.

Courses are run regularly in our region. Click here to access dates and venues