Date: 10 August 2017
One hundred Greater Manchester participants were recruited to a childbirth study in just four weeks.
The Paediatric, Obstetrics and Gynaecology research team at Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust collaborated with staff on the Gynaecology Assessment Unit (GAU) at Royal Oldham Hospital to reach the landmark in extra quick time.
Pregnant women who attended the GAU were invited to partake in the VESPA study, which was set up to assess how Early Pregnancy Assessment Units (EPAUs) nationwide should be organised to ensure the best clinical outcomes for women with early pregnancy problems.
VESPA is analysing how Royal Oldham Hospital’s GAU operates and the level of care and support it provides to women. The study is on the NIHR CRN portfolio and is supported locally by CRN Greater Manchester.
Participants have been asked to share their experience and how it could be improved, and all members of staff directly involved in providing early pregnancy care during the recruitment period were also invited to complete a survey.
Now that more than 100 participants have been recruited, only the follow-up meetings need to be completed before the study closes in October 2017.
Dr Shivani Batra, Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Pennine Acute, is the Principle Investigator for the NIHR study, supported by the Clinical Research Network, Greater Manchester.
He said: “I would like to thank all the staff on the Gynaecology Assessment Unit at The Royal Oldham Hospital and the Pennine Acute research team that helped recruit patients to the VESPA Study.
“This is a large, multi-centre study looking at the impact of staffing in Early Pregnancy Assessment Units across the UK.
“I hope we can continue to contribute to research that helps enhance the quality of the early pregnancy care we provide to our patients.”
Chloe Rishton, Senior Paediatric Research Nurse with the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network, Greater Manchester, said: “The GAU staff were engaging and supportive to both the study and the research team.
“Without the help and support of the clinical staff, we would not have been as successful. The unit is busy but the team were always keen to help.”
The full title of the study is Variations in the organisation of Early Pregnancy Assessment Units (EPAUs) in the UK and their effects on clinical, service and patient-centred outcomes (VESPA).
Photograph shows members of the GAU and research teams celebrating the study success.
They are, from left to right: Uchenna Elenwa (Research Administrator), Carol Griffiths (Staff Nurse, GAU), Nichola Murphy (HCA, GAU), Andrea Murry (HCA, GAU), Laura Haworth (Staff Nurse, GAU), Chloe Rishton (Research Nurse), Rachel Newport (Research Midwife), Chelsea Jude (GAU doctor) and Samantha Campbell (Receptionist, GAU).
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