Infant Journal
for neonatal and paediatric healthcare professionals

Establishing a neonatal telemedicine service in Liverpool

Fauzia Paize
Consultant Neonatologist, Liverpool Women’s Hospital
fauzia.paize@lwh.nhs.uk

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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Keywords
retrieval; transport; transfer; parents; COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2;
Key points
  1. Where possible, parents should have the opportunity to accompany their baby during transfer.
  2. The ANTS team has recommenced the parents in transfer service on an individ-ualised basis where it is safe to do so.
  3. A series of recommendations to guide careful assessment of each case has been developed.
  4. These recommendations will minimise horizontal spread of SARS-CoV-2 during neonatal transfer.

Also published in Infant:

VOLUME 16/ISSUE 4, JULY 2020
Minimising COVID-19 transmission risk during neonatal transport: a practical approach from ANTS
The Acute Neonatal Transfer Service of the East of England (ANTS) has been involved in the transfer of four suspected or confirmed neonatal SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) cases. Through this unique clinical experience and related educational activities, we have constructed additional practical recommendations aimed at minimising horizontal SARS-CoV-2 spread during neonatal transfer. Here we present these recommendations for consideration by neonatal transport teams and neonatal units managing neonatal COVID-19 transfers.

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