Improving prenatal diagnosis and management in Cumbria by telemedicine

A core purpose of antenatal care is the screening, diagnosis and monitoring of the ‘at-risk’ fetus using ultrasound. When a problem is detected by an ultra-sonographer (e.g. a fetal anomaly or a small baby) the mother is referred to a local specialist or the regional Fetal Medicine (FM) Centre in Newcastle for confirmation of the diagnosis, counselling and management.

At present, three consultant-led maternity units in Cumbria refer FM cases to Newcastle. For some women this entails 6 hours of travelling at their own expense.

The specific aims of this project are to establish a videoconferencing infrastructure between the obstetric ultrasound department at West Cumberland Hospital and FM in Newcastle and to determine the technical success of the service. Work will also be carried out to evaluate the telemedicine service as a means of training local sonographers, to assess parental views of the service and to assess the benefits and barriers to adoption of the service across Cumbria.

Project Resources

Improving prenatal diagnosis and management in Cumbria by telemedicine: Case Study

Improving prenatal diagnosis and management in Cumbria by telemedicine: Poster

November 2014 Presentation – Stakeholder Event

September 2015 Presentation – Telehealth Project Updates Event

February 2016 Presentation – Cumbria Stakeholder Event

  Prenatal diagnosis using telemedicine case study image  Steve Robson poster jpeg

 (case study uploaded 25th February 2016)

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