A grand opening for the newly refurbished Gynaecology and Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit (GEPAU) at Preston’s Hospital was held on Tuesday 23 January.Advertisement
With aims to improve care for women and families experiencing early pregnancy or complications, the unit was given £90,000 in funding, with £30,000 contributed by Preston charity, Baby Beat.
The opening was held by Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Sarah Cullen, Chief Nursing Officer. Service users who co-designed the project were also in attendance, alongside the women’s health team, external stakeholders and charity representatives.
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Sarah Cullen said: “Since 2022, the number of patients accessing the GEPAU has increased significantly, so it has never been more important to redesign the space with service users and their families in mind.
“Thanks to all involved for working hard to improve the gynaecology and early pregnancy services, and the environment.”
The initiative is part of a broader women’s health improvement programme, enhancing care for women who are experiencing early pregnancy or miscarriage, something which can affect one in four pregnancies.
Taking on board feedback from patients, the refurbishment means the space is more welcoming for those attending the department, with the new design being reflective of their needs.
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It also saw the hospital’s scanning facility being rebuilt and relocated and a care suite for women who experience prolonged sickness during pregnancy.
The Trust recruited an early pregnancy loss bereavement specialist in December, with investment from Baby Beat, who will provide support to families who experience a miscarriage before sixteen weeks.
David Styles, Gynaecology Services Matron, said: “We are committed to improving our patient experience and this project is one of the important steps in that journey, along with the introduction of a pregnancy loss bereavement specialist nurse.
“We are truly grateful to the Trust and Baby Beat for funding this project to enable us to improve the care of our patients and families accessing our emergency gynaecology and early pregnancy services.”
The refurbishment and introduction of a specialist nurse is part of a long-term women’s health improvement plan in the hospital.
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