Obstetric scanning for Oban
FROM this week women in Argyll and Bute accessing the obstetric scanning service can be scanned closer to home thanks to a new service in Oban.
The new service, which started on Monday April 10 is run from Lorn and Islands Hospital in Oban and has been a much longed-for facility in the area.
Jaki Lambert, consultant lead midwife for the area, explained that women would previously have travelled to Glasgow to be scanned and the team is excited now to be able to offer this in the local area.
Jaki said: ‘Ante-natal scanning has developed and progressed with the improvements in technology so it requires a much higher level of expertise and training.
‘Local women have told us that this is a service they want locally and we are pleased to have a great team that has the skills to enable these services to be offered.’
This new service will allow women to access all the planned diagnostic and screening services that are now recommended in pregnancy and have never been offered before in the area, such as first trimester screening, detailed scans and growth scans.
Unplanned care – for example, early pregnancy scans – will continue to be provided in Glasgow as current recommendations require that they need to be within a designated early pregnancy service.
The new team is made up of Helen Payne and Becky Brown. Helen is a sonographer with nine years of experience in obstetric and general scanning, as well as a postgraduate degree in diagnostic ultrasound. She also works as a part-time guest lecturer in obstetric ultrasound at the University of Cumbria and is a mentor and assessor for the university.
Becky is also qualified in obstetric ultrasound having completed a full postgraduate certificate and brings her wealth of midwifery experience in Campbeltown and understanding of rural midwifery to enhance the service.
Jaki added: ‘This has come about after much team work and collaboration between midwifery, radiology and management teams across the Health and Social Care Partnership in Argyll and Bute, as well as support from Greater Glasgow and Clyde and across NHS Highland.
‘This is an exciting time for everyone involved in setting up the new service, which will be continuously audited to make sure we are meeting the needs of Argyll and Bute families.’