Concerns have been raised by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) that hospitals in Wales are failing babies born prematurely.
A recent investigation has highlighted that Wales is not providing proper follow-up assessments to babies born early. The audit figures revealed that only 30% of babies receive follow-up at the two year mark, compared with double this amount across the rest of the UK.
The report also identified failures to test for retinopathy – a serious eye condition often suffered by premature babies which can lead to blindness.
The Welsh Government have taken the report findings on board and reassured parents they will develop local action plans to address shortfalls in standards. In addition, they have launched a policy to ensure every child up to the age of seven receives consistent and universal health services in Wales.
Davies and Partners have acted for families affected by complications which have arisen following premature birth or during the neonatal period. Contact the team today for free advice.