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Wye Valley NHS Trust’s maternity department welcomed ‘Victoria’ to the team last week – a new member of staff who will transform the way staff involved in caring for mothers and babies train and develop their skills.
‘Victoria’ is a childbirth simulator that can be programmed to deliver a baby either naturally, assisted or via caesarean. She can show signs of early pregnancy complications, high-risk delivery and post birth emergencies. Both Victoria and her baby look, feel and sound lifelike, creating the most realistic simulation experience for practical training and development sessions. Her vital signs – such as pulse rate and blood pressure - can be monitored on real equipment used frequently by staff and she is responsive to treatment administered, both positively and negatively.
Maxine Chong, head of midwifery, said: “Victoria provides a fantastic opportunity for all staff that contribute to the safety of mothers and babies, this includes midwives, anaesthetists, obstetricians, support workers, practice educators, medical and surgical teams.” Wye Valley NHS Trust secured funding from Health Education England to purchase the simulator ‘Victoria’ of which there are currently only 14 others in the UK.”
Maxine added: “This technology will allow us to improve safety for mothers and babies through multi-disciplinary training. In purchasing this equipment we are supporting the national imperative to increase safety for maternal and neonatal health.”
Note to editors:
- The simulator is a Victoria S220
- Wye Valley NHS Trust is the provider health services across Herefordshire and beyond. The Trust exists to improve the wellbeing, independence and health of the people we serve. We are the leading provider of health care in Herefordshire.
- By working closely with our partners, we can make good our promise to deliver a quality of care we would want for ourselves, our families and our friends.
- With an estimated annual turnover of around £160 million, we employ around 2,700 plus staff. We aim to build new relationships between our staff, patients, service users and their carers with the wider community.
For further information please contact:
John Burnett, Communication and Engagement Manager, or Communication Officer Amanda Millichip, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928