NHS Borders maternity unit goes ‘virtual’

NHS Borders’ Maternity Unit at Borders General Hospital has gone ‘virtual’.

Prospective mums and dads can now view the unit and meet the midwifery team on-line, at the click of a button, following the launch of the Unit’s interactive website.

The website aims to raise awareness of the services provided by the unit and improve accessibility

Midwife Pam Pate said: “We felt this was the best way to get information to the public as most people tend to use the internet as a source of reference nowadays. We also felt that a website giving information regarding the unit was needed and it was a good opportunity to promote the unit as well as raising awareness.”

The Maternity Unit website provides general information about the Maternity Service offered at the BGH, as well as going into more detailed information, with photographs and contact details, for specific services areas.

These include: Pregnancy Assessment Unit (PAU), Ante Natal Clinic (ANC), Labour Ward, Ward 17 (Ante Natal and Post Natal), Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU), Community Midwifery, The Team, and Supervision of Midwifery Information. There are also links to other useful websites and information.

A Virtual Tour of the Unit has also been developed so expectant parents can view the unit on-line prior to visiting in person.

The Maternity Service in the BGH provides antenatal and postnatal care. There are also Ante-natal Clinics in the BGH, and Outreach Clinics in a number of locations throughout the Borders.

The Service is consultant led, supported by a team of General Practice Specialty Trainees, Registrars, Foundation Year 2 doctors, associate specialists and a full complement of Midwifery staff.

Carol–Ann Brown, Acting Professional Head of Midwifery, added: “NHS Borders is fortunate to have a professional, committed and experienced midwifery and obstetrics team that provides a high quality service. Staff are dedicated to offering the best possible experience for mothers, babies and their families by providing accessible, person-centred care.”

The BGH Maternity Unit can be viewed at: http://www.nhsborders.org.uk/bgh-maternity-unit.