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Springfield Neonatal Follow Up Clinic

The clinic provides an early intervention and preventative service for children of parents who misuse drugs or alcohol or who are on a methadone or alcohol treatment programme. The service also see babies whose mother's have taken prescription opiates (painkillers) during pregnancy.

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) is the term used to describe the signs and symptoms of babies who withdraw from material drugs used in pregnancy. The aim of the clinic is to identify any health needs children may have related to the mother's drug or alcohol misuse.

The clinic team offers:

  • Advice and reassurance about on-going feeding difficulties
  • Monitoring of growth and development
  • Parenting advice
  • Completion of health needs assessments
  • Paediatric oversight for physical problems
  • Identification of children who may go on to develop special educational needs
  • Immunisations including hepatitis B
  • Testing for hepatitis C (for babies whose mothers test positive in pregnancy for hepatitis C), or other blood born viruses
  • Identification and monitoring of child protection concerns
  • Co-ordinated care of each baby with their GP, health visitor and where appropriate the Leeds Addiction Unit and social worker
  • Carers will normally be asked to bring babies for appointments until they are two years old

If you have used this service in the past, and would like to provide us with feedback as part of the NHS β€œFriends and Family Test” (FFT) please select one of the links below:

To access and complete the FFT click here >

To access and complete the FFT Easy read version click here >

If you are a parent carer you can access and complete the FFT by click here >

The information you provide will be used to inform how better we can deliver the service.