Coronavirus Maternity Visiting Guidance
Clinical advice on coronavirus COVID-19 and pregnancy
We have a number of queries around any specific advice for women in pregnancy. This clinical guidance on COVID-19 and pregnancy was published yesterday by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and will be updated on a weekly basis. Associated Q&As for pregnant women are also available on their site.
We now have a Coronavirus information line for maternity, the phone number is: 01772 524307
Midwives needed for digital pilot
The NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) is looking for midwives and healthcare professionals to take part in their pilot programme for digital maternity exemption certificates. The digital scheme is a quicker and cheaper alternative to the paper FW8 application form for faster and easier access to maternity exemption for mums-to-be.
Since its launch to a small pool of midwives in January 2017, the digital pilot has received over 40,000 applications. The NHSBSA is now looking for more midwives to join the pilot and try out the new service.
Pregnant mothers and women who have given birth in the last 12 months are entitled to free NHS dental treatment and NHS prescriptions with a valid maternity exemption certificate. The NHSBSA’s digital maternity exemption pilot ensures that women receive their certificate instantly.
There are currently over 2000 midwives taking part in the digital pilot and out of an average of 460,000 annual maternity exemption certificate applications, around 17% are received via the digital route. The remaining 83% are received through a paper application form which mothers fill in and pass onto their GP or midwife to countersign and post. Mothers could wait weeks before receiving their certificate in the post as the forms are often sent in weekly batches.
How to sign up to the digital pilot:
Midwives and GPs can sign up to the pilot quickly and easily. For those who already have an existing nhs.net email address, they can use this to register and log in. This can be done by emailing email@example.com and including:
- NMC or GMC number
- nhs.net email address
Amy Carss, Service Delivery Manager at NHSBSA said: “We have been working really hard on the development of this pilot and have been delighted with the success so far.
The digital route holds many benefits for midwives and the women they look after, including instant exemption certificates and less administration work. We’re really encouraging midwives and GP’s to sign up to our digital pilot and spread the word within the community.”
For more information about maternity exemption certificates or the digital pilot, visit https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/exemption-certificates/maternity-exemption-certificates
Chorley Birth Centre CLOSURE
The Birth Centre at Chorley temporarily closed from 25 February 2019.
We are in the process of contacting all women who planned to have their baby at the Birth Centre, to discuss their options.
We are very sorry that this closure has affected women’s birth plans, and will do everything we can to make the best possible alternative arrangements.
If you are pregnant, and had planned to have your baby at Chorley Birth Centre, and we haven’t been in touch with you yet, please ring 01772 528223.
The reason we have temporarily closed the Birth Centre is that we identified asbestos when we were undertaking some building work.
The presence of asbestos does not pose any risk to patients, visitors or staff whilst it is contained and appropriately managed. Daily air quality checks confirm there are no asbestos fibres in the atmosphere. The area has also been sealed by a specialist asbestos contractor.
However the fire service has advised that the lift should not be used, and we are unable to maintain the fire alarm system on the third floor.
On a balance of risk we have decided that we can no longer use the third floor, which is where the Birth Centre is currently situated.
We are now working on a plan to create a new Birth Centre at Chorley, but unfortunately that won’t be open for some time which is why we need to work with pregnant women to make alternative plans.
Maternity Case Study
The Maternity team at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have adopted and embedded a robust Continuous Improvement approach which has delivered improved outcomes for mothers and babies. The approach was led by the Divisional Midwifery and Neonatal Nursing Director; a Service Development Midwife role was introduced to ensure that improvement was given a priority focus within the team and to provide staff with the support to deliver the ambitious programme. The Continuous Improvement process is fully embedded within the team and staff across the board are able to articulate the vision using improvement language.
You can see this in the case study below:
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A very warm welcome to Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Maternity Services.
At Lancashire Teaching Hospitals more than 4500 babies are born every year, but every single birth is special. Our highly skilled maternity team want women and their families to have the best experience; with compassionate care that is tailored to their individual needs.
We believe that women should be able to make decisions about their care and where they would prefer to give birth. Women using our maternity services can choose to give birth to their babies at home, at our free standing birth centre in Chorley, at our alongside birth centre in Preston or at our Sharoe Green obstetric unit.
Award in Midwifery Leadership
We are thrilled to announce that a member of our staff has won an award for her great work in midwifery leadership.
Emma Gornall, Delivery Suite Ward Manager has won the Midwifery Leadership award in the British Journal of Midwifery Practice Awards 2018.
Emma said: “Since coming into post, myself and my team have been working with the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) as part of the better births by co-design project. Being part of this project has been a fantastic opportunity and we are one of only two trusts within the UK to be selected to participate in this project. Being part of the better births by co-design project has facilitated us to engage with families and staff to develop the environment of our delivery suite to be a place that meets everybody’s needs. With feedback obtained from women, families and staff we have been able to work towards changes to make the delivery suite environment more relaxing and welcoming therefore helping to facilitate positive birth experiences for women with complex pregnancy needs.
I am absolutely delighted to have won this award and I am truly touched to have even been nominated! Within the maternity service we have a fantastic team of midwives, health care assistants, support staff, medical staff, maternity support workers and student midwives. Winning this award is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate all of the hard work and dedication shown by all of the maternity team.”
Emma was nominated for this award by one of the midwives in her team, Alice Du Preez. Alice said: “We are ecstatic that Emma has won this award in the annual British Journal of Midwifery awards this year. This is a reflection of her tireless hard work and commitment to making our delivery suite a wonderful place to work in, and for women to give birth in. Well done, Emma!”
The British Journal of Midwifery (BMJ) Practice Awards 2018 recognises the outstanding achievements within the field of midwifery practice. The awards are a celebration of all of the hard working individuals and teams in midwifery.
We are ecstatic that Emma has won this award in the annual British Journal of Midwifery awards this year. This is a reflection of her tireless hard work and commitment to making our delivery suite a wonderful place to work in, and for women to give birth in. Well done, Emma!