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Acute Neonatal Transfer Service (ANTS)

ANTS is the regional neonatal transport team for the East of England and is based at the Rosie Hospital on the Addenbrooke's Hospital site in Cambridge.

We specialise in providing emergency transport for acutely sick newborn babies requiring specialist care within the East of England.

They carry out two types of transfer:

  • Emergency transfers for very sick babies who require more specialist treatment at another hospital.
  • Elective or ‘back’ transfers to transport recovering babies back to the hospital nearest to their homes.

There are two types of transfer teams:

  • A dual clinician/emergency team consisting of one specialist registrar/clinical fellow or a neonatal nurse practitioner, one specialist neonatal nurse and one ambulance driver.
  • A single clinician/elective team consisting of one specialist neonatal nurse and one ambulance driver.

Our service operates two emergency teams over a 24 hour period, 7 days a week, 365 days per year and an elective service from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday.

The Ambulance element of our service is provided by the St John Ambulance

From April 2012 – March 2013 ANTS received 1261 transfer referrals. 1038 were completed, of which 601 were completed by dual clinician teams and 437 were completed by single clinician teams.

EBS (Emergency Bed Service) for the East of England

EBS assists with the location of cots within the hospitals in our region and London. If a specific cot is required by a referring hospital that isn’t available in the region then the EBS co-ordinators will locate a cot outside our region which is as close to the baby’s home as possible.

The EBS co-ordinators will manage all transfer request calls for the ANTS team and carry out all ambulance bookings.

To make a referral for ex-utero or in-utero transfers please call EBS on 01223 274 274.