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Southend Hospital highly commended in National awards

25 May 2017

Health Care

A pioneering project to improve the care of mums having caesareans has been highly commended in the category of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Value in Healthcare Awards 2017.

The enhanced recovery pathway in obstetrics (ERPO) led by Mr Venkat Raman, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, and maternity and anaesthetic teams at Southend University Hospital.

It was launched in May 2015 and the initiative aims to ensure the highest levels of care and health during C-section to help speed up recovery. This means that after delivery, mum and baby spend quality time in their own home.

Mr Raman said: "The way we care has seen a reduction in pre-operative starving times, better management of pain relief, better prevention of nausea and vomiting following surgery, early mobilisation minimising complications such as DVT, shortened hospital stay and early discharge. All of this contributes to a better patient experience."

Of being highly commended for an HSJ Award, he commented: "Just for us to be nominated for an award was a huge honour, let alone highly commended for our passion and hard work. The team are immensely proud of being recognised as one of the best in our field."

The HSJ awards took place yesterday (Wednesday 24 May) at London's Grosvenor House.

HSJ editor Alastair McLellan said that more than 400 entries had been received, from every region and type of NHS organisation. "The number and quality of entries to this year's Value in Healthcare Awards are the most impressive to date."