Infant Journal
for neonatal and paediatric healthcare professionals

Establishing a neonatal telemedicine service in Liverpool

Fauzia Paize
Consultant Neonatologist, Liverpool Women’s Hospital

Simon Minford
Advanced Paediatric Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Innovation Consultant, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital

Joanne Minford
Consultant Paediatric and Neonatal Surgeon, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital

Christopher Dewhurst
Consultant Neonatologist, Liverpool Women’s Hospital

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quality improvement; QI; neonatal sepsis; drug error; family-centred care
Key points
  1. Previously at Colchester Hospital, a ‘train’ of babies would travel from the PNW to receive IVABs on the NNU.
  2. A QI initiative set out to reduce maternal and newborn separation and drug error incidents by administering IVABs on the PNW.
  3. The project improved safety and collaborative working between maternity and neonatal services.

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