Chinese visitors praise Southend Hospital’s maternity unit
20 August 2018
A group organised by Jiangsu Health Commission in China enjoyed a fact finding tour of the state-of-the-art Fetal medicine and maternity unit facilities at Southend University Hospital.
The main aim of this visit was to learn more about UK healthcare
services for infants and pregnant and maternal women. The visitors
from China were especially interested in the methods on how to
prevent birth defects and lower mortality rates within the
specialty and to explore potential collaboration in this area.
This group was led by Mr Liu Yibing, Director for Women and
Infants Health Service, Jiangsu Provincial Commission of Health and
Family Planning and the visit was organised by Essex International,
which works with companies and organisations in the UK to help and
encourage collaboration between the UK and the Chinese market.
The international visitors were impressed by the care pregnant
women receive at the maternity unit, and also enjoyed a tour of the
facilities. The group also had a short discussion with Yvonne
Blücher, Managing Director of Southend Hospital regarding the
potential for future collaboration with regard to training and
joint research work with doctors in Jiangsu province.
Mr Mandeep Singh, Clinical Director of Women's & Children's
services and Consultant in Fetal Medicine said: "Our Fetal Medicine
centre and maternity unit has an excellent international reputation
for providing high quality care and in particular participation in
important research studies. Visits like this only reinforce our
reputation as one of the best centres for fetal medicine and help
attract the best doctors and midwives to seek employment here in