Staff shortage threatens intensive care cots

Scotland should examine whether a national service to co-ordinate the transfer of pregnant women who are in labour or close to giving birth should be established, according to NHS Quality Improvement Scotland.

The call to examine the feasibility of a service for Scotland forms part of a report into the number, circumstances and process used to transfer women from one maternity unit to another, known as in-utero transfer.

There is concern that some women were transferred to units other than the one closest to them, others were transferred between tertiary units and that the units themselves, were frequently unable to accept new admissions.

A lack of staff may be leading to a lack of availability of staffed newborn intensive care cots in neonatal units.

neil.durham@haymarket.com

Report: www.nhsqis.com

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