Fetal surveillance clinic leads to more efficient care

Two women and a man seated outside. One woman is holding a baby.
Tricia and Dirk Mulder with baby Pierce and Registered Midwife Vanessa De Graff
July 3, 2017

A new fetal surveillance clinic at Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) is cutting wait times and freeing up urgent care beds for expectant mothers. 

Previously, pregnant women requiring regular cardiotocography (CTG) monitoring due to medical disorders like gestational diabetes would present to the Maternal Fetal Assessment Unit (MFAU).

MFAU also provides urgent assessment for women with unexpected complications so those needing routine CTGs once or twice a week could be waiting some time, depending on other cases presenting on the day. 

Acting Midwifery and Nurse Director Women, Children and Newborn Peta Skuthorp said the new clinic meant women had more certainty around appointment times.

“Time is precious and not everyone can afford to wait for long periods, so we’ve listened to patient feedback and changed the way we do things,” Peta said.

“Because these women are no longer waiting alongside urgent cases, their wait time has effectively been reduced to zero. 

“The knock-on effect is that the MFAU now has more capacity to efficiently deal with those urgent cases.” 

Tricia and Dirk Mulder had their second child, Pierce, two weeks ago and attended the new clinic for monitoring twice a week during the later stages of their pregnancy.  

“The midwifery staff within the clinic really took the time to get to know us,” Dirk said. 

“It was good to see the same familiar face each time we came in and to be able to get the CTG done without waiting around. 

“The birth went very smoothly too, thanks partly to our wonderful obstetrician Dr Sunanda.” 

The clinic, which runs two days a week, is staffed by a dedicated team of specialist midwives working alongside the medical team to provide prompt assessment and continuity of care. 

“Our highly trained midwives consult regularly with medical staff to ensure we’re providing exceptional care in a familiar and friendly environment,” Peta said.