Baby units leading the way for high survival rates

Date: 21 September 2016

Medway NHS Foundation Trust has surpassed national benchmarks for detecting complications in high risk pregnancies, becoming the region’s leading unit and one of the best outside of London.
 
Complications such as genetic abnormalities, heart defects, prematurity and risks associated with multiple pregnancies are just some of the high risk conditions that the Fetal Medicine Unit and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit treat, with impressive success rates when compared to national benchmarks:
 
High risk condition 
National benchmark for detection 
Medway NHS Foundation Trust detection rate 
Severe congenital heart defect 
50% 
90%
Lethal skeletal dysplasia (bone growth) 
60% 
100% 
Spina Bifida 
90% 
100% 
 
Navjot Dusanj (30) from Rochester, received the exciting and unexpected news that she was carrying triplets. The thrill of her news was quickly taken over by worry as she was told by Professor Ranjit Akolekar, Consultant in Fetal Medicine at the Medway NHS Foundation Trust, of the possible complications the pregnancy could have, both for her and her babies.
 
Navjot said: “When Professor Akolekar explained to me that I was carrying triplets I was incredibly excited, but then he calmly explained that this was a high risk pregnancy and that there was a significant chance of me losing one or more of my babies and the complications associated to my own health. He reassured me that he would do all that he could to make sure all three boys and I were given the best medical care and advice. I knew we were in safe hands the whole way through.”
 
At 28 weeks Navjot underwent an emergency caesarean section to give the babies the best chance of survival. The triplets were immediately delivered to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit due to their prematurity – here the teams closely monitored the vital signs of each baby, making sure they were safely incubated until they were ready to breathe independently. All three babies were brought to optimum health and Navjot and husband Rondeep Dusanj were able to take their precious boys safely home.
Professor Ranjit Akolekar said: ‘Our determination and expertise, coupled with our sophisticated scanning technology means that we are able to provide the best of care to mothers and their babies. We have many referrals from mothers outside of the area who know that their chances of delivering a healthy baby are greatly increased when they walk through our doors”.
 
Dr Aung Soe, Consultant Neonatologist for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit said:
“We are dedicated to our mothers and babies and will work tirelessly to give the babies who are brought to our department the very best chance of survival. Family-centred care, team work with good leadership and high standards of clinical care has been the key to our success. We are very proud of our achievements and are humbled to be able to care for extremely premature babies until they are in the loving care of their family home.”
 
The Women and Children’s department has been rated as ‘good’ with areas of ‘outstanding’ practice as identified by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The department looks to build upon this success by aiming at an overall rating of ‘outstanding’ in the next CQC inspection, scheduled for November.
  • Summary:

    Medway NHS Foundation Trust has surpassed national benchmarks for detecting complications in high risk pregnancies, becoming the region’s leading unit and one of the best outside of London.