GWH Maternity Service wins prestigious award

Posted: July 15, 2011

Antenatal team wins award for care provided to women with high risk or complex preganancies

A Wiltshire maternity team has won a prestigious award from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Maternity (APPGM) for care provided to women with high risk or complex pregnancies.  The award was presented to the team at a special ceremony at the Houses of Parliament on Monday 11th July. 

The restructuring of the complex pregnancy clinics at the Great Western Hospital, led by Dr Harini Narayan, Consultant Obstetrician, was named the winner of the 'Best example of a service for women with complex medical needs in pregnancy' category at the awards, which acknowledge inspiring or innovative work in improving local maternity services.

Dr Narayan said: "We are delighted that the antenatal team at GWH has won this prestigious award from the All Party Parliamentary Group on Health.  We have worked hard over the past few years to radically change the service we provide to women with high risk, complex pregnancies. This restructured way of providing antenatal care has meant that we are now able to offer a patient-centred service focusing on the individual conditions that make a pregnancy complex.

"The typical system used in the NHS has not changed in over 50 years so the changes we have made are a completely new way of delivering care for this group of women who represent over 40% of all pregnancies we see at the Great Western Hospital.  We expect that the innovative changes we have brought about in the delivery of antenatal care to women with complex pregnancies will be adapted by other maternity units in the country."

The change in the way care is provided means that women with high risk pregnancies are cared for in one of our condition-based clinics, for example, dedicated clinics for women who are expecting twins or triplets, women with diabetes, epilepsy and heart problems or those women who have experienced problems in previous pregnancies.  This new model of care means women can build a much stronger relationship with the team caring for them throughout their pregnancy.

The award was presented to Dr Narayan and her team by Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health Anne Milton MP.   The APPGM, which is serviced by the National Childbirth Trust (NCT), the UK's largest charity for parents, is a cross-party group whose aim is to highlight maternity issues within Parliament and bring together health professionals and service users with politicians. 

The reception hosted by the Chair of the APPGM, Dr Dan Poulter MP, was attended by 200 guests including MPs, officials from the Department of Health, representatives from royal colleges and the NHS workforce and leading health professionals and user representatives from maternity services across the UK. 

Dr Dan Poulter MP, Chair of the APPGM and member of the House of Commons Health Select Committee, said: "It is important that high quality frontline NHS work in maternity care is properly recognised, and these awards help to highlight the contributions of a number of healthcare workers to improving women's care and experience of pregnancy and childbirth."

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