Im­prove­ments made at Welsh neona­tal units

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HOSPI­TAL units which care for the most pre­ma­ture ba­bies in Wales are im­prov­ing “on al­most ev­ery sin­gle mea­sure”.

But a lead­ing neona­tal ex­pert has stressed that con­cerns re­main over some as­pects of care.

A new re­port from the Royal Col­lege of Pae­di­atrics and Child Health (RCPCH) shows im­prove­ments in care for pre-term ba­bies in Wales, Eng­land and Scot­land.

It also re­veals vari­a­tions in ser­vice de­liv­ery, in­di­cat­ing many ba­bies still do not get the care they need. Some 98% per cent of neona­tal units in the three coun­tries re­sponded to the au­dit, which this year as­sessed the care given to nearly 100,000 ba­bies.

In the re­cent past, staff short­ages in Wales’ neona­tal units have pro­moted fears over whether they can meet na­tional stan­dards.

Wales was the only neona­tal net­work area last year where fewer than 90% of ba­bies had on­time screen­ing for ROP recorded, though such screen­ing in Wales im­proved from 86% in 2015 to 88% in 2016.

In Wales last year, only half (51%) of ba­bies born at less than 33 weeks were re­ceiv­ing any of their own mother’s milk at the point of dis­charge home from a neona­tal unit.

The av­er­age is 59%.

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