NETS is the emergency service for sick or injured babies, infants and
children needing transfer to a specialist perinatal or paediatric centre.
Originally established in 1979, NETS incorporated various hospital-based
services to become a single statewide service in 1995. NETS is a part of
the NSW Health system; managed since July 2011 by the SCH Network.
Today, NETS provides a service to over 250 hospitals in NSW, the ACT and
beyond. NETS is staffed by a dedicated team of doctors, nurses, ambulance
drivers, technical and support staff who maintain a 24 hour a day; 7
day-a-week service. Specialist transport nurses in the Clinical
Coordination Centre are the front line of the Service; taking calls from
hospitals small and large. They link the caller with a NETS retrieval
specialist to give advice and chair a discussion with specialists from a
wide range of tertiary hospitals. The result of this process may be an
emergency retrieval by a NETS' team but increasingly, a simpler solution is
possible. Sometimes, advice is sufficient to solve the problem and the
child stays in the referring hospital.