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Consultation on quality standard for specialist neonatal care launched


The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has launched a four-week consultation on a quality standard for specialist neonatal care.

The draft quality standard includes recommendations that mothers and babies receiving specialist neonatal care should undergo all their treatment at the same hospital and that these mothers should be supported to start and maintain breastfeeding.  

The consultation will close on 14 June and final standard is due to be published in July.

Click here to view the consultation.


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  • In an ideal world the above standard would be excellent. In reality there are times when obstetric or neonatal units are full or are short staffed, for whatever reasons, resulting in separation of infant/mother following delivery.
    I know this would have implications, however mother/infant safety must not be compromised even if this means their separation. Answer? more staff!

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  • I agree, in an ideal world mother's and babies would not be separated and safetly must always come first. Most units do not have enough parent facilities, for example out unit has 20 cots but only 4 parent bedrooms and the postnatal wards just simply do not have enough beds to allocate to neonatal parents long term. Ideally each cot would have an allocated parents room, but that would require a small hotel!

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