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Network achievements

Since the official launch of the Maternity Network in November 2014 we have:

  • developed a system to link obstetric ultrasound reporting systems between hospitals to improve the care of women referred to fetal medicine services
  • undertaken an audit of place of birth of extremely premature babies in the Oxford AHSN region. An update one year on showed more extremely premature babies are now being born at a Level 3 centre, increasing survival chances
  • developed and implemented a new referral pathway for women at risk of premature delivery in response to early findings from the preterm audit
  • developed a programme to create key network-wide clinical guidelines – currently these include the magnesium sulphate regime used for eclampsia (it was found that hospitals are using different regimes which has resulted in at least one incidence of overdosing by a doctor who had recently been rotated from another hospital in the area), preterm labour and IUT, rhesus and management of singleton IUGR
  • arranged specialised fetal medicine consultant cross-hospital cover between Oxford University Hospitals and Milton Keynes University Hospital
  • advised Buckinghamshire Public Health on the establishment of a clinic for women at high risk of preterm delivery
  • collected patient/pregnancy outcomes for approximately 20,000 pregnancies in collaboration with the University of Oxford, alongside supporting the recruitment of three research midwives in three Trusts – which in turn has increased the research capability of these units
  • advised life science businesses regarding potential innovative projects and products
  • assisted with business cases for units to purchase ultrasound reporting software
  • held ‘shared learning’ events for clinicians
  • developed a plan for network-wide patient and public engagement in collaboration with the Thames Valley Strategic Clinical Network (Children and Maternity).
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