Pennine Acute Trust provides an improved service for patients undergoing gynaecology assessment
A NEW ultrasound service in the North Manchester General Hospital Gynaecology Assessment Unit (NGAU) has seen joint team working and has led to an improved experience for patients attending the unit.
The gynaecology assessment and radiology services at North Manchester General Hospital, which is part of The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, have worked jointly to provide an ultrasound scanning service for ladies who attend the NGAU with early pregnancy and gynaecological problems.
Previously patients would have had to go to the ante natal clinic for their scan and sit amongst pregnant women, which was not a suitable setting for them if they were experiencing problems with their own pregnancy.
Around 5000 patients are seen every year at the clinic and ladies can present as early as two weeks after a missed period.
Stella Pearson, NGAU manager, said:
“Patients are seen and assessed on arrival at the NGAU by the nursing staff and a doctor. If they are having problems they can have a scan on the unit now in a much timelier manner and they no longer have to wait in the ante natal clinic in the hospital, at what is a difficult and worrying time for them.
“They can now be seen by a doctor, nurse and sonographer all in one location, which protects and maintains their privacy and dignity. It is a much more efficient and seamless service as if the ladies unfortunately receive bad news about their pregnancy, our gynaecology staff are there to support them immediately.
“Feedback from patients has been positive as their scan can now be performed much quicker as they are staying within the unit and due to the nature of the service, they prefer to be separate from happy pregnant ladies.”
Angela Booth, clinical lead/specialist ultrasonographer, said:
“This is a much more efficient user friendly service which two teams have developed together to ensure patients receive high standards of care on every occasion.”
Pictured - gynaecology assessment and radiology services staff on the North Manchester General Hospital gynaecology assessment unit (NGAU).