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National recognition for urogynaecology service

Trafford General Hospital has just become one of only six urogynaecology centres in the country, and the first in Greater Manchester, to be nationally recognised and accredited by the British Society of Urogynaecology.  This demonstrates that the service provides high-quality care and delivers best practice to its patients.

Urogynaecology is a specialist clinical area that involves the diagnosis and treatment of urinary incontinence and female pelvic floor disorders.

The Trafford urogynaecology service was set up in 2005 and is led by Consultant Urogynaecologist Mahmoud Elghazawy, in conjunction with Continence Advisor Diane McNicoll and Women's Health Physiotherapists Maria Beardall and Cheryl Bentley.  The focus has always been to provide a service that meets the needs of its patients.

The team has developed the service in a number of ways including establishing a specialist urodynamics investigation clinic to assess how well the bladder and urethra are working, and introducing modern surgical procedures for the treatment of urinary incontinence as well as pelvic reconstructive surgery.  The service also offers non-surgical options for the management of these conditions

The national accreditation was achieved as a result of 18 months hard work by the team.  During this time, with the help of Clinical Audit Lead Maggie Briggs, they put together the evidence required to demonstrate their continual service developments and delivery of high quality patient care.

Last month, assessors from the British Society of Urogynaecology visited the unit to meet the team and tour the urogynaecology and urodynamics clinics, physiotherapy department, operating theatres, and other clinical areas.  Each team member and patient facility was individually assessed and all the evidence submitted by the team was also taken into consideration.

As part of its ongoing commitment to patients, the team follows the most up-to-date guidelines and care pathways developed by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence, the British Society of Urogynaecology, and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, as well as all other esteemed national and international societies.  They continually audit their results and practice to ensure that they comply with national and international standards.

This accreditation means that the Trafford service will now be recognised as a centre of excellence across the country and hopes to become a training centre for health professionals working in urogynaecology.

Mr Elghazawy said:  "This achievement is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our excellent team to providing the best possible care to patients at this unit.  I'm delighted to have been a part of it.

"We now look forward to making further improvements to the superb quality of care we provide to our patients here at Trafford General Hospital."