Treatment of pregnancy loss in Surrey hospitals

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Surrey report on the feedback they have received about the care of people who have had a miscarriage in response to the Lancet publishing a series of papers reviewing this topic and calling for reform. 

They identified the following issues:

  • The need for mental health support
  • People not feeling adequately supported after a miscarriage
  • The impact of good support
  • The need for commemorative certification for parents who lose a baby before 24 weeks of pregnancy
  • The need for sensitive and appropriate communication and care from healthcare professionals

The report makes three recommendations about access to mental health support, commemorative certification and training for staff.

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General details

Report title 
Treatment of pregnancy loss in Surrey hospitals
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Surrey
Date of publication 
Tuesday, 25 May, 2021
Date evidence capture began 
Friday, 1 November, 2019
Date evidence capture finished 
Monday, 24 May, 2021
Key themes 
Access
Communication between staff and patients
Holistic support
Quality of care
Service delivery organisation and staffing
Staff attitudes
Staff training

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
No
Primary research method used 
User stories
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 
N/A

Details of health and care services included in the report

Secondary care services 
Maternity

Details about conditions and diseases

What type of pregnancy or maternity themes are included in the report 
Loss of pregnancy

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Not known
Age group 
Not known
Gender 
Not known
Ethnicity 
Not known
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Yes
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Yes
Does the information include staff's views? 
No
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 
Mixed

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Yes
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
No
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
No
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
Not known

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
 
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
 
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.