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Parental presence during neonatal transfers conducted by a national transport service
  1. Heather Sharon Hodgson,
  2. Allan Jackson
  1. ScotSTAR Scottish Neonatal Transport Service, Glasgow, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Heather Sharon Hodgson, ScotSTAR Scottish Neonatal Transport Service, Glasgow, PA3 2RY, UK; s.hodgson1{at}

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Approximately 10% of babies admitted for neonatal care in the UK experience at least one interhospital transfer.1 Studies show that parents associate such transfers with significant distress and anxiety,2 even for stable repatriations.3 4 National neonatal organisations advocate parental accompaniment in transfers, but parental presence varies among UK neonatal transport teams (18.4%–60.3%).5 The ScotSTAR neonatal transport service, responsible for neonatal transfers across Scotland, has recorded consistently high rates of parental presence in transfer over the preceding 3 years.5 We reviewed road transfers conducted by ScotSTAR to explore how clinical and operational factors affect parental presence.

Electronic records for neonatal road transfers between January 2017 and March 2020 (preceding the COVID-19 pandemic) conducted by …

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  • Contributors AJ was the overall supervisor and conceived the idea for the review. HSH analysed the data and drafted the manuscript. Both authors revised and approved the final version.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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