In this section
PIPER Neonatal stabilises and
retrieves critically ill babies from hospitals throughout Victoria,
Tasmania and Southern New South Wales. The majority of these babies are
transferred to the Royal Children's Hospital, Mercy Hospital for Women,
Monash Children's Hospital and the Royal Women's Hospital or to a
hospital with the appropriate level of care.
PIPER Neonatal operates out of the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne. A vital part of the PIPER Neonatal activity is
PIPER Neonatal is staffed by highly
experienced Neonatal Consultants, Fellows and Retrieval Nurses,
Education staff and supported by administration staff.
The PIPER Neonatal leadership team
consists of a Medical Director, Nurse Unit Manager and Business
Manager. Daily clinical operations are provided by PIPER Neonatal
Consultants, who are senior medical specialists in neonatal intensive
care/retrievals, Fellows and Nursing staff.
Responsibility for clinical advice and
retrieval operations lies with the Duty PIPER Consultant who supervises
the retrieval teams. All emergency retrievals are performed by a
Neonatal Fellow or Nurse Practitioner and a PIPER Neonatal nurse. PIPER Nurse Practitioners are permanent staff members with extensive experience in neonatal advanced practice and retrieval. Medical staff are neonatal
fellows with extra training in retrieval medicine. PIPER Neonatal
retrieval nurses are experienced nursing staff with at least 3
years' experience in NICU/PICU, have post-graduate qualifications in
either NICU or PICU nursing. All staff have additional training in
NETS commenced operations in Victoria in
1976 after the Consultative Council on Neonatal Mortality identified a
high mortality in premature babies born outside hospitals with NICU
facilities. Within 12 months the mortality in this group had been
NETS is a state-wide dedicated retrieval
service and has been advising and retrieving babies throughout Victoria,
southern NSW and Tasmania.
In 2012/13, PIPER Neonatal retrieved
1,216 emergency transfers, 108 elective transfers and 331 neonatal
consultations and completed 1,653 return transfers.