What is happening?
The NHS in some parts of the UK is reorganising where services are provided. This could mean a number of changes to neonatal services; these could in future be provided at a larger, regional specialist centre.
What Bliss believes
At Bliss, we believe that all premature and sick babies and their families should have the right care and support, and that babies should have the best possible chance of survival. Bliss supports any reorganisation (also termed reconfiguration or centralisation) where there is strong evidence that the outcomes for premature and sick babies will be improved.
We are also committed to ensuring that any reorganisation of neonatal services prioritises the safety and highest level of care for babies. This means that adequate provisions must be available for critically ill babies, including appropriate staffing levels, specialist staff and cot levels.
The welfare of the family must also be taken into consideration at this already difficult and challenging time. The correct support for families must be provided and this includes overnight accommodation and kitchen facilities, access to hardship funds and emotional support to ensure their needs are met. You can find out more about how your unit should be meeting family centred-care in our Bliss Baby Charter.
How you can get involved
If you hear about any local changes to health services in your area, and where consultations are taking place please email firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us your thoughts and share your experiences.
You can also support our work by joining our team of dedicated campaigners who have been making a difference in their local and wider neonatal services.