Top 10 rating for maternity
staff detecting babies 'at risk' of still birth
ORMSKIRK Hospital's Maternity Unit has been
nationally recognised for detecting a condition which can lead to babies being
stillborn. Recently the Wigan Road Maternity Unit confirmed it was ranked in the
UK's Top 10 for detecting unborn babies, who are Small for Gestational Age (SGA).
SGA can stop the baby growing during pregnancy and can cause an increased risk
of stillbirth and can affect up to 10% of mothers to be. Skelmersdale mother of
2, Louise Flavell, and her baby Ava Marie, benefited from early detection of SGA.
This meant the baby girl, weighing 1.39kg/5lbs 1oz, is now hoping to be home in
time for Christmas. Ava Marie arrived safely in week 34 of pregnancy on
Saturday, 18 November thanks to expertise of doctors and nurses at Ormskirk
Maternity Unit. The team achieved their rating by implementing the "Growth
Assessment Protocol" designed by the Perinatal Institute. The aim is to
reduce the number of stillbirths associated with growth restriction during
pregnancy and involves producing a growth chart for each patient. It is tailored
specifically to their height, weight and ethnicity. The growth of
the baby is then closely monitored so any concerns can be immediately acted
upon. A training programme for the midwives and doctors was undertaken to ensure
detection rates are as high as possible. The Department of Health announced in
its new maternity strategy, in November 2017, that it aimed to reduce the number
of stillbirths by ˝ by 2025. This is in line with the Saving Babies' Lives care
bundle launched by NHS England in 2016. This looks at reducing smoking
during pregnancy, improved detection of small babies, raised awareness of
reduced fetal movements and improves monitoring of babies' heart rates during
Louise Flavell, 42, from Skelmersdale,
tweeted:- "Cannot praise the Neonatal staff at @SONHStrust enough for the
way they are looking after my gorgeous girl #preemie #34weeker #nhsstaffrock #ThankYou."
Doctor Alice Bird, Consultant Obstetrician and
Gynaecologist, said:- "Congratulations to the whole maternity team on
having an average SGA detection rate of 60.3% in 2017. This is far higher than
the national average of 41.1%. These figures are excellent and put our trust in
the top 10 in the country; excellent news for our patients like Louise; well
done to the whole team. It's also positive we are already addressing issues
highlighted in the national maternity strategy and preventing the number of
still births at Ormskirk Hospital. This is reassuring for mothers to be across
Lancashire and Merseyside."
Holocaust poetry competition launched
YOUNG people are being invited to write
poems which will be read out at Liverpool's Holocaust Memorial Day service. The
theme for this year's Holocaust Memorial Day is:- 'The Power of Words...' and
explores how language has been used in the past and the present and the impact
that it has on us and those around us.
The competition was launched at the Schools Parliament, at Liverpool Town Hall, on
Tuesday, 28 November 2017, with a poem entitled:- 'Words', written and read by
Lord Mayor, Cllr Malcolm Kennedy.
2 of the entries submitted by Friday, 12 January 2018, will be selected to be read out
at the civic event, on Friday, 26 January 2018, at Liverpool Town Hall.
The Lord Mayor said:- "Holocaust Memorial Day is not only a time to
remember those millions who died in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides, but
is also a call to action for the present. The words we use can be an
immense power for good, but also evil, so it is essential we stamp out their use
to promote hate crime and prejudice. We have many talented, articulate and
eloquent wordsmiths among our young people and I know that we will receive some
powerful and thought provoking entries."
A selection of the poems entered will be included in an anthology that will be
presented to entrants, Schools and libraries in the City.
Liverpool City Council's lead on Holocaust Memorial Day, Councillor Jeremy Wolfson, a member of the City's Jewish community, said:-
"Attendees at the
recent HMD planning meeting wanted to do something particularly poignant for
2018, which marks the 10th Anniversary of Liverpool hosting the national event
for Holocaust Memorial Day in 2008.
This poetry competition fits well into this year's theme 'The Power of Words.'
It gives our young people an opportunity to reflect on the Holocaust and raise
awareness of not only what happened but to try and ensure that the attitudes
which led to it are not repeated.
I would particularly like to thank the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust's Mandy Penellum, Jeff Dunn, Director of Liverpool Schools'
Parliament and John Gorman from The Scaffold, for their invaluable advice and
support in setting up the poetry competition."
Poems should be submitted to:- Jeff Dunn c/o Liverpool Town Hall, High Street,
Liverpool, L2 3SW or by
The Lord Mayor's poem,
written to launch the competition...
Words can inflame but Words can be sweet;
Words can be pleasant, but others may beat.
Some words can anger curse or mislead;
Emitting from mouths of hard men filled with greed;
Words can be false or words can be true;
Words form sweet prayers or can curse people too;
Words might be smooth drawn from thoughts that would cheat;
Spoken by men with minds full of deceit.
Words can be prayers or false blessings that curse;
Words can make better or words can make worse;
Words can surround you with love or with hate;
Spoken by men that would anger or bait.
Words can give praise yet words can condemn;
Flatter or wound, it depends on the men.
Words can bring healing, some others may wound;
Words can be deep, shallow, kindly or rude;
Words can be wise or the kind that can calm;
Covering hurt with a sweet scented balm.
Place bits on your tongues they can sing, scare with roars;
The choice of your words is entirely yours.