Many happy birth days thanks to scanner

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Lorn and Islands Hospital is celebrating two years of obstetric scanning success.

A much longed-for facility in the area, the service started on April 10, 2017, allowing local women to access all the planned diagnostic and screening services that are now recommended in pregnancy, such as first trimester screening, detailed scans and growth scans.

Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) midwives are really pleased that they have saved 1,749 women from having to travel to Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS hospitals for antenatal scans.

The development of the Lorn and Islands Hospital scanning service was introduced after much collaboration and teamwork between midwifery, radiology and management teams across the HSCP, as well as support received from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and across NHS Highland.

The service is also continuously audited to make sure the HSCP meets the relevant needs of Argyll and Bute families and maintiaiing clinical governance standards.

Catriona Dreghorn, Argyll and Bute HSCP interim lead midwife, said: ‘Women told us that this was a service that they wanted to be delivered locally and we are so pleased with its success over the past two years.

‘I would also like to highlight that we have a great team with a wide range of skills to deliver these services locally.’

Unplanned care, for example early pregnancy scans, are continuing to be provided in Glasgow as current recommendations require that they need to be provided within a designated early pregnancy service.