Fetal Medicine delivers first ultrasound training day
05 May 2016
The Kypros Nicolaides Fetal Medicine unit at Southend University Hospital has hosted the first east of England local education board training day to develop the next generation of obstetricians and gynaecologists.
Opportunities for training to acquire these skills are limited;
the aim of the one day symposium was to introduce trainees to the
basics of ultrasound scanning including settings and safety of
ultrasound, which also helps benefit the patient experience.
Organised by Mr Mandeep Singh, consultant in fetal maternal
medicine and staff of the fetal medicine unit here at Southend, the
informative day was attended by 18 specialty trainees in various
stages of training from Ipswich, Basildon, Hinchingbrooke,
Southend, Broomfield,, Colchester, Cambridge, and West Suffolk
Mr Singh said: "Use of ultrasound in routine obstetrics is now
integral part of providing high quality clinical care and hence
Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists has recommended
that all clinicians working and training in that area need some
basic ultrasound skills."
The trainees got to practice their skills on mums-to-be who are
already patients at the hospital. One of those happy to take part
was Sophie Wilkins, 25, Leigh. She said: "I think if it helps with
the training of staff then it can only be a good thing and it also
means I get another opportunity to see my baby on screen so I was
more than happy to do that."
Mr Singh added: "We also took this opportunity to introduce
advances in fetal medicine and showcase high quality research
trials being conducted at Southend University Hospital NHS
"Hopefully this day will not just inspire trainees to choose
fetal medicine as a sub specialty in the future, but also attract
senior trainees to choose Southend Hospital for training after
seeing the fantastic facilities, the unit being the only one of its
kind in Essex."
Feedback from the day has been highly positive and Mr Singh and
his team have already received requests for similar training days
in the future.