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COVID-19 Information

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection and Pregnancy; Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists, published Wednesday 18th March 2020

Information on Suction: Closed-suction Suction SOP 2018Suction Competencies 2018 – Ordering of (Inline suction catheters) via NHS supply chain – The brand is Trach Care – Supplier Avanos Medical UK Limited. Reference codes used for OUH are – 195-5, 196-4, 197-5, 198-5.

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TV&W Information for Parents and Carers

The effects of COVID-19 are being felt all over the world, and the neonatal community is o exception. Bliss is keeping up yo date with the latest evidence and guidance in response to the Covid-19 outbreak, and we’ve already produced new information specifically for parents of babies born premature or sick.

Bliss  – Our vision is that every baby born premature or sick in the UK has the best chance of survival and quality of life.  https://www.bliss.org.uk/

best beginnings – Small Wonders are 12 bite-size films following families and their journey in neo-natal units. https://www.bestbeginnings.org.uk/small-wonders

Unicef – Valuing parents as partners in the care of their baby is at the core of the Baby Friendly Initiative neonatal standards  https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/parents-as-partners-in-care/

Medicines for Children – Practical and reliable advice about giving medicine to your child. https://www.medicinesforchildren.org.uk/

Sands – Sands is the stillbirth and neonatal death charity. We work to reduce the number of babies dying and to improve care and support for anyone affected by the death of a baby https://www.sands.org.uk/

Contact for families with disabled children – For every shape and size of family, whatever they need and whatever their child’s disability, we’re here. https://contact.org.uk/

Healthier together – The Healthier Together programme relies upon patients and healthcare professionals working together to improve how local healthcare is delivered. https://what0-18.nhs.uk/

DadPad – Being a new dad can be a difficult thing to come to terms with. However, being the parent of a child in neonatal care potentially brings even more complex emotions and problems, as well as a wealth of complex information to digest. https://thedadpad.co.uk/neonatal/

Thames Valley & Wessex Neonatal - Our Work

TV&W Nurse Education

Please follow this link to the homepage of the Thames Valley and Wessex Neonatal Nursing Qualified in Specialty (QIS) Pilot Programme.

Thames Valley & Wessex Neonatal - Our Work

TW&W Neonatal Transfer Group

SONeT Neonatal Transport Service

SONeT (Southampton Oxford Neonatal Transport Service) provides specialist transport for neonatal patients resident in Thames Valley & Wessex to be transferred to the nearest appropriate hospital for the level of care that they require. The service is collaboration between Oxford University Hospitals and University Hospital Southampton.

There is close co-operation between the SONeT hub teams and the regional Paediatric Intensive Care retrieval service SORT ( Southampton Oxford Retrieval Team) to provide a comprehensive service for Thames Valley and Wessex.

SONeT Guidelines


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TV&W Neonatal SIM

This section is designed to provide units with suggested simulation scenarios which have been checked for accuracy and ratified for use. They may be used and adapted to local needs if required. Some scenarios may require more adaptation than others depending on local processes and protocols.
Scenarios are also available on the STAR App.


  PIER website
Any feedback, please contact mailto:england.tv-w.neonatalnetwork@nhs.net

Simulation Scenarios

Simulation photos

MRSA Infection Prevention

Bile stained vomiting

Fetomaternal haemorrhage.

Preterm stabilisation

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TV&W Guidelines and Policies

Nursing Guidelines

Behavioural Cues

Care of a PVL Guideline

Chest Drain Guideline

Consideration of Light Guideline

CVL Guideline

Discharge Planning Guideline

Immunisation Competency Framework

IV Cannulation Workbook

Light Guideline

Mouth Care Guideline

Nasal HFT

Noise Guideline

Non Nutritive Sucking Guideline

Non Nutritive Sucking – Parents Information Leaflet

Nursing Care of CPAP or Bi Phasic CPAP

Pain Assessment Guideline

Palliative Care Guideline

Phototherapy Guideline

Positioning and Handling on the Neonatal Unit

Positive Touch Guideline

Skin Integrity Guideline

Spiritual Care Guideline

Suction Competencies 2018

Suction Guideline

Suction SOP 2018

Taste & Smell Guideline

Taste & Smell Booklet – Parents Information

Therapeutic Cooling Guideline

Umbilical Cord Care Guideline

Wessex Perinatal Palliative Care Guideline

Wound Care Guideline

Clinical Guidelines

Targeting Oxygen Saturations Guideline

Therapeutic Cooling Guideline Medical

ROP Care Pathway Final Ratified V1.1 Aug 2018

TV PDA in Preterm Infants Guideline

TV Wessex Cardiac Care Pathway Final August 2018

TV Wessex Surgical Care Pathway Final Aug 18

TV Network Surfactant Guideline – Final Feb ’17 – v4 approved

TV Guideline for NAS – v2.1 FINAL Oct 2017

Wessex Bilious Vomiting Pathway – Malrotation guideline final Feb ’15 – reviewed Apr’17 v1.9 approved

Wessex Guideline for Nutritional Care of Infants – UHS May ’16 – v2 Final October 2017

Postnatal Guidelines

Wessex Postnatal Ward Guideline


Escalation Framework Policy

Exception Reporting Policy

Mortality Review template FINAL Dec 2016 Ratified Oct 17

Policy on Development of Policies

Repatriation of neonates from NICU-LNU to the local SCU

TOR ODN Death Overview Policy

TOR ODN Governance Policy

Transfer Policy for LNU SCU 2018 Final Version ratified Sept 2018Exception Reporting Policy -reviewed June 18 Final version

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