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New telemed service launched for expectant mothers at West Cumberland Hospital

Posted on Wednesday 16th December 2015

Janet Crewdson, midwifery manager at West Cumberland Hospital

A new telemed ultrasound scanning service has launched at West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.

The service enables women with a potential high risk pregnancy to be scanned in real-time by ultrasound sonographers at West Cumberland Hospital whilst being assessed by an expert clinician at Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI). Previously women were required to travel to Newcastle for this service.

The maternity team at West Cumberland Hospital put themselves forward to be selected as the pilot site for the whole of north Cumbria for this service which is initially running one morning per week.

During the appointment, an ultrasound sonographer and midwife are in the room with the expectant mum and Professor Steve Robson, consultant in fetal medicine at Newcastle RVI, connects remotely.

Professor Robson can view the scan and discuss the results with mums-to-be directly. Professor Robson is currently President of the British Maternal & Fetal Medicine Society and Chairman of the RCOG (Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists) Academic Committee.

The maternity team has worked hard with their colleagues from Radiology, particularly the sonographers from WCH, to get the service up and running.

Janet Crewdson, midwifery manager at West Cumberland Hospital, said: “We are delighted to have been selected as the pilot hospital for the new telemed service, working with Professor Robson.

“The service is a real benefit for expectant mothers who may be experiencing some potential problems in their pregnancy as they do not have to travel to the RVI in Newcastle for the service but they can still receive the same expert advice.”