Child and Maternal Health

Neonatal Expenses Fund

April 19, 2018 by No Comments | Category Best Start, Maternity, Midwifery, Neonatal, Support for families

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On 1st April 2018 a new scheme was launched to allow parents of babies in neonatal care to claim expenses for travel, parking and meals. The Neonatal Expenses Fund (NEF) is a £1.5 million Scottish Government funded scheme that was announced in December 2017.

In 2017 The Best Start: A Five Year Plan for Maternity and Neonatal Care in Scotland recommended that a review of the approach to family expenses be carried out to reduce variation across Scotland. This was followed by a campaign by third sector organisation Bliss who highlighted the cost of having a baby in care as around £200 a week in Scotland.

Having a baby in neonatal care can be extremely stressful for parents. The early days of a baby’s life are vital for bonding and for key health outcomes such as breastfeeding.  For some people the cost of visiting their baby in hospital is a real extra stressor at a difficult time for others this can mean they are unable to see their baby daily purely due to financial pressures.

This scheme is being introduced to ease the financial pressure on families in order that parents can be an important part of their baby’s life from day one, even if they require extra care in hospital.

Claims are available to parents of a baby in neonatal care.

This includes:

  • Neonatal intensive care unit
  • Local neonatal unit
  •  Special Care baby unit

This does not include:

  • Postnatal unit
  • Maternity unit
  • Transitional Care
  • Paediatric unit

All boards have been issued with leaflets and posters and these should be displayed around all Neonatal Units.

More information is available at: https://www.mygov.scot/neonatal-expenses-fund/


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