Child and Maternal Health

  • What is Best Start?

    18th July 2019 by

    We have looked at different recommendations in the Best Start: A Five Year Forward Plan for Maternity and Neonatal Care in Scotland….but what is Best Start and what progress has been made with implementation?  Find out here! Best Start Overview Factsheet

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  • Best Start evidence

    18th March 2019 by

    Did you know? The Maternity and Neonatal Review Group considered current evidence and best practice as well as the views of service users, the workforce and NHS Boards when coming up with the 76 recommendation in The Best Start: A Five Year Forward Plan for Maternity and Neonatal Care in Scotland. Read the evidence here:...

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  • Best Start Implementation Newsletter – issue 4

    30th January 2019 by

    Best Start – Newsletter – FINAL – January 2019 The fourth edition of Implementing The Best Start: The Journey from Policy to Practice is now available. In this edition you can read more about progress made implementing The Best Start, hear from midwives working in the Early Adopter Boards about how the new model is...

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  • Glasgow maternity hospital achieves UNICEF accreditation

    8th May 2018 by

    The neonatal unit at Princess Royal Maternity Hospital (PRMH) in Glasgow is the first in Scotland to achieve UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative accreditation. The maternity hospital received the status for their high quality care of vulnerable babies and their families, encouraging parents to become the primary carer. Staff at the hospital work closely with...

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  • Neonatal Expenses Fund

    19th April 2018 by

    Ready for take off! 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...

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  • Cabinet Secretary announces £1.5 million Family Fund to help meet costs

    4th January 2018 by

    Parents of premature babies in NHS care will now be able to get extra support with the financial cost. Through the Scottish Government’s 2018/19 draft budget the new £1.5 million Family Fund will be available from the 1st of April for parents of premature babies to help with the additional costs they face, such as...

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  • Best Start Implementation Newsletter – Issue 2

    14th December 2017 by

    The second edition of Implementing The Best Start: The Journey from Policy to Practice is now available. In this edition you can read more about progress made implementing The Best Start, the identities of the Early Adopter Boards, reports from the RCM event on Continuity of Carer and the Maternity and Midwifery Festival, the Quality...

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  • Transporting Critically Ill Twin Babies Simultaneously

    16th June 2016 by

    The South East Scotland Neonatal Transport service (part of ScotStar) is based at the Simpson Centre for Reproductive Health in Edinburgh. The team is proud to provide the facility to transfer two sick infants simultaneously. Our dedicated vehicle can accommodate two separate incubators each providing intensive care en-route to an appropriate specialist facility. This is of paramount importance...

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  • Online Survey of Neonatal Care Experiences

    12th May 2016 by

    As part of the Maternity and Neonatal Review, this survey is being run to: gather views from parents whose babies were admitted to neonatal units within the last five years hear about their experiences of their baby’s care on transfer and/or once admitted to a neonatal unit We value all opinions, thoughts and suggestions in order to help...

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  • Bliss Report

    11th May 2016 by

    The Bliss Report, published on 13th April 2016 looks at the challenges faced by neonatal transport services across the UK. For further information, please see bliss.org.uk/neonataltransport website or alternatively contact Helen Kirrane: helenk@bliss.org.uk

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