Postnatal care up to 8 weeks after birth. London: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (UK); 2015 Feb. (NICE Clinical Guidelines, No. 37.) Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK553649/
The recommendations in this guideline represent the view of NICE, arrived at after carefulconsideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, professionals andpractitioners are expected to take this guideline fully into account, alongside the individual needs,preferences and values of their patients or the people using their service. It is not mandatory toapply the recommendations, and the guideline does not override the responsibility to makedecisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual, in consultation with them and theirfamilies and carers or guardian.
Local commissioners and providers of healthcare have a responsibility to enable the guideline to beapplied when individual professionals and people using services wish to use it. They should do so inthe context of local and national priorities for funding and developing services, and in light of theirduties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, to advance equality ofopportunity and to reduce health inequalities. Nothing in this guideline should be interpreted in away that would be inconsistent with complying with those duties.
Commissioners and providers have a responsibility to promote an environmentally sustainablehealth and care system and should assess and reduce the environmental impact of implementing NICE recommendation swherever possible.
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