Half the money needed to pay for a new portable ultrasound scanner has been handed over to the labour ward at Borders General Hospital.
The Friends of the BGH was delighted to be able to hand over a cheque for £12,500 to labour ward staff following recent fundraising. This amount is half of the cost of a portable ultrasound scanner which costs £25,000.
The labour ward currently has a portable ward scanner, but this is taken out of the department for use in peripheral clinics during the day, from Monday to Friday.
During this time, women in labour with emergency problems are scanned in the pregnancy assessment unit, but this may entail a wait, or a move to another part of the maternity unit.
An additional portable scanner will allow prompt scanning in the labour ward. The department recently introduced two new care pathways to help reduce chances of stillbirth.
The first involves scanning all women with reduced foetal movements; the other aims to produce tailored growth scans – both of these interventions would be made much easier by an additional scanner.
The latest funds have been raised through a number of activities and the new chairman of the ‘Friends’, Hans Waltl, said: “We are delighted to be able to help the labour ward with a contribution towards this equipment.”