Analysis

Revamp of neonatal services in Scotland on the way

The Scottish Government is considering recommendations for a major revamp of neonatal services – including creating three specialist neonatal intensive care units in the next five years.
Neonatal care

The Scottish Government is considering recommendations for a major revamp of neonatal services – including creating three specialist neonatal intensive care units in the next five years.

Survival rates and longer term neurodevelopmental outcomes would improve because specialist centres can develop highly skilled staff due to the higher volume of intensive care cases, it is believed.

Scotland has 15 neonatal units, which would all be retained, but 12 would be designated as local neonatal units or special care units within five years.

Scotland needs a ‘national framework for practice’ outlining pathways for newborn care and larger units should provide outreach support for smaller local neonatal units, the report says.

Keeping mothers and babies together

Another recommendation is for a ‘new model of person-centred care’ for neonatal and maternity

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