Preterm Labour Clinic
The Preterm Labour Clinic commenced at Saint Mary's in 2000. Our
aim is to improve the treatment of women who are at risk of a
spontaneous preterm delivery. Women are managed between 16-28 weeks
of pregnancy by a specialist midwife and a consultant obstetrician
who are based in the Clinical Research Area.
Women usually receive an ultrasound scan of their cervix at
every visit and the frequency of visits is flexible depending upon
patient need. Our aim is to get the best possible outcome for women
and babies by using the most up-to-date techniques and treatments
available. The clinic also takes part in research, with patients
sometimes being asked to take part in studies when they come for
their clinic appointments.
Clinics are held in the Clinical Research Suite, 5th Floor,
Saint Mary's Hospital on Thursday mornings.
The criteria for referral to this specialist clinic
- Previous spontaneous premature labour and delivery before 32
- Previous premature pre-labour rupture of the membranes before
32 weeks gestation.
- Previous 2nd trimester loss over 16 weeks' gestation. This
excludes 'haemorrhagic miscarriage', missed abortion etc.
- Confirmed uterine abnormality eg, bicornuate uterus.
- Previous cervical surgery - knife cone biopsy, patients who
have had 2 or more LLETZ procedures.
Our staff include:
Dr Melissa Whitworth, Consultant Obstetrician and Honorary
Senior Lecturer and member of National Preterm Labour Clinic
Mrs Louise Stephens, Midwife.
What is offered to the patient?
Patients receive combined midwifery and consultant obstetric
care and ultrasound scans of cervical length at each visit.
How do I access the service?
Patients can be referred by their GP, Midwife or Consultant
Obstetrician direct to Dr Whitworth via her secretary on (0161) 701