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Health: Neonatal Care

Volume 687: debated on Monday 18 December 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What are the minimum ratios of nurses to patients for (a) neonatal intensive care; (b) neonatal high dependency care; and (c) special care. [HL618]

Nursing ratios are a matter for local clinical judgment. The exact nurse-to-patient ratio will depend on the number and criticality of the infants on the unit. The British Association of Perinatal Medicine recommends a nurse-to-infant ratio of one to one for neonatal intensive care, one to two for high-dependency care and one to four for special care.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many training places were available each year in England since 1997 for post-registration specialist qualifications in neonatal nursing. [HL620]

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many full-time equivalent advanced neonatal nurse practitioners were employed by hospital trusts in England in the latest year for which figures are available. [HL621]