Critical care services are regionalised so that just a few hospitals have
the most specialised services such as high-risk obstetric care, neonatal
intensive care and paediatric intensive care.
Over 245 hospitals and facilities call on NETS for advice about acute
transport of patients between hospitals.
There are 180 public (state government operated) and 45 private hospitals
in 20 health regions across NSW and the ACT. Eight have tertiary perinatal
facilities and three are children's hospitals. These hospitals support
patients in other hospitals; when their care requires it. Some patients
particularly near borders with adjoining states - will be transported to
interstate tertiary hospitals.
Patients are transported by air ambulance (fixed wing plane or rotary wing
helicopter) or by road ambulance. A combination may be used. Each state
operates its own ambulance service. In NSW, NETS operates a separate road
ambulance service. Air ambulances may be government or charity operated.
'NETS' is the statewide emergency service for medical retrieval of
critically ill newborns, infants and children in New South Wales,
NETS does not transport from the scene (pre-hospital).