The West Midlands Newborn Transfer Service (WMNTS) is a dedicated neonatal transfer service, moving babies between neonatal units and children’s hospitals in the West Midlands to ensure that the right care is given to the right baby at the right time. The team works 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
From Friday 1 July 2016, the Kids Intensive Care Decision and Support service (KIDS) at Birmingham Children’s Hospital has merged with the Neonatal Transfer Service (NTS) at Birmingham Women’s Hospital. From this date, there is one service and a central 24/7 telephone number for all neonatal and intensive care transfers in the region:
0300 200 1100
All calls coming into this central hub (based at Birmingham Children’s Hospital) have 24 hour consultant support.
In addition, the joint service has three brand new ambulances to transport poorly children and babies between hospitals as needed, which further enhances and improves the patient/family experience.
This merger is part of the wider integration plans for Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Birmingham Women’s Hospital, to become one NHS foundation trust by early 2017.