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.
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 - 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.
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.