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Stethoscope24/7 Consultant Presence - First in the UK

On the 1st September 2014, we became the first maternity unit in the country to provide 24 hour, 7 day consultant presence.

For many years there have been recommendations that this should be provided in units delivering over 6000 births, but no hospitals have been able to achieve it - until now. People had asked "Is it fair that a consultant should be around for a woman having a complicated birth during the day, but not for a woman having an equally difficult birth at night or at the weekend?" By providing 24/7 consultant presence we will address this inequity in care, with consultants present in our maternity unit at all times of day and night. By having a consultant immediately available 24/7, we hope that it will improve care for women and their babies, and improve training of junior doctors.

To provide 24/7 consultant presence we have had to appoint several new consultants. The larger number of consultants has meant that we are now able to have two consultants allocated to each antenatal clinic. We have also been able to change the system for the ward rounds with one consultant doing the round each week. So far we've run the new system for a month and it seems to be going well, but we are planning a more formal evaluation which will take account of clinical outcomes and the views of patients and staff.

It was difficult to change to 24/7 consultant presence, and it certainly couldn't have been done without the support of the consultants themselves, the managers and the Trust Executive Team. However, it is something we should now be really proud of, because we are the only hospital in the UK that has managed to achieve it.


Hospital team raises money for Uganda Charity

Doctors Salford 10K

Pictured left to right:

Dr Rowena Cockerham, Dr Alex Heazell, Dr Hannah Kither, Mr Martin Samangaya,

Dr Cheryl Fitzgerald, Dr Jenny Myers, Dr Clare Tower, Mr Chris Tower.

A group of doctors from Saint Mary's Hospital took part in the Salford 10K run on Sunday, 7th September 2014 to raise money for Uganda Childbirth Injury charity.

Saint Mary's Hospital is twinned with Virika Hospital in Fort Portal, Uganda. Virika hospital is based in a rural area with very little in the way of resources compared to us - lacking in running water on the labour ward and some of the very basics that we take for granted. Twice a year a team from Saint Mary's goes out to provide surgical skills for childbirth repairs and to provide some obstetric education to the staff working there. In February this year the visiting team included Consultant Obstetricians Dr Clare Tower and Dr Gillian Stephen, Consultant Uro-gynaecologist Professor Tony Smith and Dr Finlay Curran, Consultant Urologist.

The team were delighted to have raised £3,000 for their efforts.  Well done to all!

For more information go to:  https://www.justgiving.com/UCIF