Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

NHS Delivers a Digital Red Book for Your Baby

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

NHS Delivers a Digital Red Book for Your Baby

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THE traditional red book issued by the NHS for each new baby will be digitised to make it 'easier for parents and fit for the future'.

The decision to make the information about a child's medical history available on parents' phones is part of a major new package of measures announced for maternity services.

Announcing the changes, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said they are being made to make the NHS 'the best place in the world to give birth'.

The measures are designed to make maternity care safer while cutting stillbirths and infant deaths.

England still lags behind many European countries on baby deaths. Figures show that the number of stillbirths have declined steadily since 2010, but ministers say there is still more to do.

A redesign of neonatal services will see additional expert nurses and specialists for newborns, while up to 285,000 new mothers will be given improved access to post-natal physiotherapy. …

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