Dr Sarah Bates

Consultant Paediatrician and Neonatologist

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 

Graduated from University of Wales College of Medicine in 2002, and began paediatric training in 2003, finishing in the Severn Deanery.  Developed an early interest in LNU Neonatology, and, after CCT in 2015, was appointed as a Consultant Paediatrician & Neonatologist in Swindon, an LNU in the SW Neonatal Network.

Passionate about multidisciplinary perinatal education, running a successful cross-speciality neonatal simulation training programme.  Course director for the Swindon NLS course, in addition to instructing on GIC, EPLS & APLS.

In 2016, worked with obstetric, midwifery and nursing colleagues to develop a perinatal QI package of care for preterm infants, which launched in January 2017, with much focus on implementation of stabilisation and thermal care during delayed cord clamping for all types of preterm delivery.  Results and outcomes for infants will be presented at the conference.

In 2017, elected as the national representative to BAPM Executive Committee for LNU and SCU units.  Also work on the BAPM Quality Collaborative and the Extremely Preterm Working Group.

Current areas of work include:

  • Delivery Room cuddles for preterm infants.
  • Breastfeeding outcomes after tongue tie assessment
  • Family Led Ward Rounds on the Neonatal Unit
  • Increasing rates of delayed cord clamping in preterm infants


  • Thomas, Eliza, Phil J. Peacock, and Sarah E. Bates. “Variation in the management of SSRI-exposed babies across England.” BMJ paediatrics open1 (2017).
  • Bates S, Odd D, Luyt K, Mannix P, Wach R, Evans D, Heep A. Superior vena cava flow and intraventricular haemorrhage in extremely preterm infants. The Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine. 2016 May 18;29(10):1581-7.
  • Peacock P, Woodman A, Bates S, Kelly T, Holman R, Hambidge J, Broomfield C. SC2 One size doesn’t fit all: developing simulation training to meet the needs of a paediatric department.