Surgical Conditions Affecting Newborns

The Surgical Conditions Affecting Newborns in Scotland Network (SCANS) - formerly known as Surgical Congenital Anomalies Network Scotland - was set up to provide families and professionals with information regarding the following conditions:

Diaphragmatic Hernia
Duodenal Atresia
Oesophageal Atresia

The work of SCANS supports services in Scotland to provide equitable and prompt access to high quality care for all babies and children affected by these anomalies across their patient journey from antenatal, through perinatal, surgery, postnatal and long-term follow-up. Services for those affected by these conditions are delivered across three maternity units (Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen) allied to neonatal surgery units. These five conditions require the input of a specialist centre but many aspects of follow-up care can be managed locally.

The objectives of SCANS are:

  • Equity of access across Scotland to a standardised high quality care pathway for mother and baby across antenatal, perinatal, surgery and long-term follow-up.
  • To collect and evaluate service delivery model against agreed standards and quality indicators.
  • To introduce a formalised management structure that will support the coordinated strategic long term planning for future service delivery.
  • To identify education and training needs and facilitate the design and delivery of education and training

To find out more about the conditions covered by SCANS please go to this page.