Neonatal Medicine

The Newcastle Neonatal Service based at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, supports a broad research portfolio including both basic science studies and translational clinical research. Many of these are facilitated by the UK Clinical Research Network (UKCRN) and include large national collaborative studies looking at oxygen monitoring ( supplemental iodine ( screening for CMV infections (BEST study), and platelets ( We are members of project teams leading major nutritional studies recruiting over 2000 preterm infants across the UK that are looking at enteral feeding regimes and supplemental lactoferrin. These are coordinated by the NPEU ( ) and will be some of the largest collaborative trials ever conducted in neonates in the UK and Ireland.  Martin Ward Platt is Clinical Director of the Regional Maternity Survey Office. The RMSO registers of

  • congenital anomalies,
  • perinatal and infant deaths,
  • multiple pregnancies,
  • diabetes in pregnancy,
  • cerebral palsy,

and the Northern Neonatal Network provide an unrivalled source of data for audit and research. They cover the whole of the Northern Deanery, and the longest running surveys have accumulated nearly 30 years of data.

In addition to collaborative studies we have a broad interest in clinical research in newborn infants. Our research covers many areas and includes:

  • Neonatal infections (
  • EEG, MRI/MRS ( and near infra-red spectroscopy (NIRS)
  • Breast feeding, home tube feeding (SHIFT study UKCRN12970 )
  • Patterns of gut microbiomic development and NEC & sepsis
  • Perinatal survival and outcome
  • Parental and staff perspectives in the area of neonatal death, and loss in the context of a multiple pregnancy
  • Longterm metabolic outcome following preterm birth
  • Congenital abnormalities, and
  • workload assessment.

Related Links

Related Staff:


Dr Janet Berrington
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer

Dr Nicholas Embleton
Consultant in Neonatal Medicine, Honorary Reader

Dr Alan Fenton
Honorary Clinical Lecturer

Dr Sundeep Harigopal
Associate Clinical Lecturer

Dr David Milligan
Guest Status

Dr Martin Ward Platt
Honorary Clinical Reader in Neonatal and Paediatric Medicine