Improvements made at Welsh neonatal units
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%.