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The Bristol NEST Team aim to provide the safe, prompt and effective stabilisation & transfer of neonates within the Northern sector of the South West Neonatal Network- 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

We are a team of Neonatal Consultants, Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Fellows and Transport Nurses. We are hosted by the University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust and are based in St Michael's Hospital in Bristol.


We provide clinical advice and transport services for Neonatal Units and Special Care Baby Units within the Northern part of the SouthWest Neonatal Network.


We work closely with the two Neonatal Intensive Care Units based in Bristol to ensure that infants requiring specialist care can be safely and promptly transferred to the appropriate hospital.

We also provide transport services to return infants to their local unit once their condition has improved.

We also work with our colleagues in the Peninsula Neonatal Transport Team (PNTS) and Wales and West Acute Transport for Children (WATCh) Team to provide care in times of peak demand across the whole SouthWest Neonatal Network.

Dr James Tooley
Lead Consultant

Lead Consultant for the NEST Team. Previously clinical lead for St Michael's NICU. 

Dr Tooley also works with WATCH (Children's Intensive Care retrieval Service) & the Great Western Air Ambulance Helicopter Emergency Medical Service

Patrick Turton
Lead Nurse

Patrick is the Lead Nurse for the NEST Team. He has previously worked in Neonatal and Paediatric Intensive Care, and Children's Intensive Care Transport.

Adele Farrow

Adele is the Lead Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner for the NEST team.

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