Inspired maternity care team from Great Western Hospital wins parliamentary award
A special maternity care team from the Great Western Hospital, Swindon, was presented with a prestigious award at a special ceremony at the House of Commons last week.
The restructuring of the complex pregnancy clinics at the hospital, led by consultant obstetrician Dr Harini Narayan, was named the winner of the “Best example of a service for women with complex medical needs in pregnancy” category at the awards, which acknowledges inspiring or innovative work in improving local maternity services.
“We are delighted that the ante-natal team at GWH has won this prestigious award from the All Party Parliamentary Group on Health,” said Dr Narayan. “We have worked hard over the past few years to change radically 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 per cent of all pregnancies we see at the Great Western.”
“We expect that the innovative changes we have brought about in the delivery of antenatal care to women with complex pregnancies will be adopted 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 Anne Milton MP, the parliamentary under secretary of state for public health.