The SDHCN have developed a number of standards, guidelines, care pathways and patient information leaflets through a series of subgroups. These are available below:



Overall Standards for SDHCN



In-Patient Guidelines

Antenatal Guidelines

Follow-up Guidelines

These guidelines are not intended to be construed or to serve as a standard of care. Standards of care are determined on the basis of all clinical data available for an individual case and are subject to change as scientific knowledge and technology advance and patterns of care evolve. Adherence to guideline recommendations will not ensure a successful outcome in every case, nor should they be construed as including all proper methods of care or excluding other acceptable methods of care aimed at the same results. The ultimate judgement must be made by the appropriate healthcare professional(s) responsible for clinical decisions regarding a particular clinical procedure or treatment plan. This judgement should only be arrived at following discussion of the options with the patient, covering the diagnostic and treatment choices available. It is advised, however, that significant departures from the national guideline or any local guidelines derived from it should be fully documented in the patient’s case notes at the time the relevant decision is taken.

Care Pathways

Antenatal Care Pathway

Post Natal Care Pathway


Patient Information Leaflets

Antenatal Leaflet

Antenatal Leaflet (for printing)


Post Natal Leaflet

Post Natal Leaflet (for printing)