The Neonatal Unit at Nus cares for children in need of extra support and monitoring during early life. The unit has the whole Northern Healthcare Region as catchment area and many of the children need care for long periods, sometimes a long way from home. Before leaving the neonatal unit and returning home to the family or to the local hospital after a prolonged stay, a so-called transfer meeting is held to inform parents and local staff thereby facilitating home going. Today, such meetings are sometimes held using video conferencing, particularly for children affiliated with Sundsvall regional hospital. Video conferencing helps parents, local staff and the specialist tem at Nus to meet and share important information aiming to provide support to the parents during their first time at home. The work model is based on a research study executed in collaboration with Sunderby hospital, aiming to investigate what factors influences the experience of bringing home an infant that has been hospitalised for a long time. The major benefit is increased feeling of safety for the children, the parents and the staff.
This text has been originally released in the following report: Telemedicine Survey in the County Council of Västerbotten -An analysis of the present situation, conditions and areas of improvement.