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Expectant mothers will be given extra support through a range of new measures designed to transform maternity and neonatal services across Scotland.

The Scottish government is investing £12m in the plan which will also ensure premature babies get specialised care.

The new model will be tested at four sites, including Crosshouse Hospital in Ayrshire where six babies died “unnecessarily“.

Expectant mothers will be cared for by a primary midwife and a small team.

This will continue throughout their pregnancy.

Support will also be on hand to help parents with babies in neonatal units to provide as much day-to-day care for newborns as possible.

The state of neonatal services made media headlines in 2016 following reports of at least six cases of so-called “avoidable deaths” at Crosshouse Hospital in Kilmarnock over an eight year period.

In light of that issue a report was commissioned by the government which highlighted concerns about staff shortages affecting patient care. It also called for improvements in training for maternity staff across the country.

Under the new plan, babies from Crosshouse Hospital who need the most specialist care, will now be treated at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow before returning to their local neonatal unit.

The new model will also be tested at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy later this year.


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