Mum’s safety is the word as obstetric high dependency bed opens
08 March 2016
New mums needing extra care following delivery can now be treated on the maternity unit at Southend Hospital thanks to the opening of a high dependency obstetric bed.
The hospital is now supporting these women and giving them the
care they need whilst keeping mother and baby together with the
introduction of a level 1 obstetric high dependency bed.
Based in the central delivery suite, this bed will allow staff
to care for pregnant women who have a medical or obstetric
condition that is at risk of deteriorating, and are in need of
additional monitoring or clinical interventions.
Previously these women may have been transferred to the critical
care unit but this move ensures continuity in their care as they
are now looked after by the same team.
The maternity team of obstetricians, anaesthetists and midwives
will work closely with the critical care outreach team and
physicians to ensure these women have the most appropriate care to
meet their often complex obstetric, medical and maternity
Obstetrics & Gynaecology consultant, Miss Sahar Mohamed
said: "We come across a few women who are really sick and need high
dependency care over their usual normal care. These high-dependency
patients have been stuck between being looked after in the normal
delivery suite and not being ill enough for the critical care
"This seamless care will ensure that these women have one-to-one
care from a midwife who can offer midwifery care for mum and baby,
as well as high dependency care. The woman will also have ready
access to obstetric and high dependency expertise from the central
delivery suite and the critical care outreach team."
The bed will offer a number of advantages for women requiring
this level of care, including the potential for mum and baby to
stay together once baby is born, providing the baby is well.
This will help to establish bonding and feeding for mum and baby
and ensure the woman has the care and support she needs as a new
mum as well as appropriate care for her medical and obstetric
High dependency team midwife, Alex Woods said: "For patients it
gives them continuity of care and that relationship we have built
up all helps with the healing and recovery process. For staff,
there's that joint thinking, with experts from medicine, obstetrics
and midwifery all coming together. All needs are being met rather
than just one aspect."
It's hoped that the establishment of the obstetric high
dependency bed will enhance the services provided for ill women
requiring maternity services, ensuring a holistic approach to all
their needs whilst maintaining safe levels of monitoring and
intervention for any obstetric and medical conditions.