Southend Hospital highly commended in National awards
25 May 2017
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
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
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."