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Fetal Medicine delivers first ultrasound training day

05 May 2016

Health Care

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 hospitals.

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 Foundation Trust. 

"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.