Advertisement

  1. ITV Report

Hospital offers new treatment for extreme morning sickness

Expectant mothers who suffer from extreme morning sickness now have access to special treatment in Bristol.

A new unit at St Michael's Hospital aims to treat women quickly and efficiently without the need for a long stay on a ward.

Expectant mothers who suffer from extreme morning sickness now have access to special treatment in Bristol Credit: Steve Parsons/PA

The new unit, called the gynaecology treatment lounge, is specially designed to treat patients with 'hyperemesis gravidarum' characterised by extreme sickness and nausea.

Although most women experience some sickness or nausea during pregnancy, only one per cent are effected so severely they need to be admitted.

The unit is fitted with two reclining treatment chairs, in a room located in the gynaecology outpatients; away from the busy ward environment.

Women who are six to 20 weeks pregnant can come to the unit for treatment Credit: Steve Parsons/PA

Women who are six to 20 weeks pregnant - and planning to have their babies at St Michael's - can come to the unit for treatment.

The nurse led service will be available Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10am - 4pm.

We are very fortunate to be opening this unit to patients with hyperemesis. For those who suffer with the condition, this time can be very unpleasant which is why we aim to reduce any added stress with a comfortable environment, away from the busy ward, for treatment.

Women can be referred to the service via a GP, midwife, early pregnancy or through an A&E admission. When patients have come to the unit once, they can then self-refer, which allows open access to the unit if ongoing treatment is required.

– Sally Stacey, senior staff nurse
145
patients admitted to St Michael's gynaecological ward - accounting for 213 bed days.

In the last year St Michael's 145 to its gynaecological ward which accounted for 213 bed days, with an average stay of one and half days.

Patients coming to the unit can be treated in a short period of time with rapid rehydration, medication and advice to take home about living with hyperemesis.

– Jennifer Anstey, gynaecology matron
Kate Middleton suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum Credit: Anwar Hussein/EMPICS