A new service that aims to quickly detect foetal growth restriction in mums-to-be and reduce stillbirths has launched at the Lancashire Women and Newborn Centre at Burnley General Hospital.
The sonography service is run by midwife Julie Dimbleby whose role is to scan mums-to-be, referred by community midwives following growth concerns when their baby is measured at antenatal appointments.
The women are referred directly to Julie without having to wait for a departmental ultrasound scan appointment.
Midwife Julie and antenatal clinic manager, Caroline Broome, have been the driving force behind the new service which was the result of a year of training for Julie.
Julie said: “I am passionate about ensuring mums-to-be with growth concerns are picked up and managed appropriately and really wanted to improve how we treated these patients.
“The Friends of Serenity charity paid for a specialist scan couch.
“Previously, these patients would have to wait for an ultrasound scan appointment with a sonographer, but this new service cuts out any delay, and ensures they are seen within 72 hours.”