National neonatal audit project annual report 2015

Reports | Published: 05 Nov 2015

Premature babies could be missing out on vital developmental health checks at age two, increasing the likelihood of significant disabilities being missed and specialist care being delayed, according to the 2015 annual report of the National Neonatal Audit Programme (NNAP).

Doctors say the lack of two-year follow up health data for 46% of premature babies leaving neonatal units in England and Wales raises “major concerns” that disabilities caused by impairments such as cerebral palsy, visual impairment and intellectual developmental delay could be missed, only to become apparent later in their childhood.

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