Date lodged: 21 September 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether the distance and time travelled by babies born prematurely to treatment centres is key to positive healthcare outcomes.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 2 October 2018
In every case where a baby, or any patient has to be transferred to access specialist care it is important that they are transferred safely and timeously, with best available clinical advice and support. To support the model of neonatal care in Scotland, we have a highly specialised neonatal transport team with world class road and air transport facilities that ensures that wherever a baby is born in Scotland they can be safely transferred to get the level of care required as quickly as possible.