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Technology Supporting Maternity Care

Current UK and Scottish Government advice is that pregnant women should avoid face to face contact as much as possible. Using technology can help reduce unnecessary journeys to hospitals and clinics and support women safely at home.

The guidance below supports use of NHS Near Me (video calls), Home Blood Pressure and Urine Monitoring and Florence (text messaging).

The guidance has been developed by a Clinical and Technical professionals, for maternity professionals and for pregnant women and families.

Technology Supporting Maternity Care: NHS Near Me

For general guidance from the Technology Enabled Care team, visit:  NHS Near Me

  1. Resources for Women and families
    Patient Information Leaflet (PDF) – Maternity Care and Covid-19 – Using NHS Near Me
  2. Resources for Professionals
    Near Me Covid-19 Clinical Speciality Maternity Guidance
    NHS Near Me Primary Care Guidance
  3. Sharing Learning from Implementation of NHS Near Me
    2020 05 28 NHS Near Me Webinar-Technology Shaping the Future of Maternity Care- Slides 
    and Webinar (HIS / MCQIC)
    2020 05 28 NHS Near Me-Learning from Implementation-Maternity Services Overview (HIS-MCQIC)
    2020 05 28 NHS Near Me-Learning from Implementation-Mental Health Services Overview (HIS / MCQIC)
    2020 05 28 NHS Near Me-Learning from Implementation-General Practice (GP) Overview (HIS / MCQIC)
    2020 05 28 NHS Near Me-Learning from Implementation-NHS Grampian
    2020 05 28 NHS Near Me-Learning from Implementation-NHS Highland
    2020 05 28 NHS Near Me-Learning from Implementation-NHS Lothian
    2020 05 28 NHS Near Me-Learning from Implementation-NHS Orkney
  4. NHS Near Me and Public Engagement
    During June-August 2020, colleagues within the Technology Enabled Care Team conducted a national public engagement exercise to better understand general public and health professionals’ views on using Near Me video consulting. Over 5,000 responses were received and findings were published on Friday 18 September 2020.They include useful learning about ongoing implementation of NHS Near Me within Maternity services in Scotland and an Equality Impact Assessment to improve understanding of barriers to accessing the service and how these may be addressed.
    Near Me: public engagement – the benefits, the barriers and the surprises webinar on 17 September 2020- Slides and Q&A session
    NHS Near Me Public Engagement executive summary
    NHS Near Me Public Engagement full report
    NHS Near Me Equality Impact Assessment (version 1, approved 26 August 2020)
    NHS Near Me Equality Impact Assessment (Appendix 1: supporting evidence)

Technology Supporting Maternity Care: Home Blood Pressure Monitoring and Urinalysis

  1. Resources for Women and familiesMaternity Home Blood Pressure and Urine Monitoring
    Patient Information Leaflet (PDF): Home Blood Pressure and Urine Monitoring
  2. Resources for Professionals: Implementation guidance
    Implementation / Systems Guidance (full, PDF): Home Blood Pressure and Urinalysis Monitoring

    Appendix 1: Establishment of Systems and Processes (Checklist)
    Appendix 2: Systems Stock Control List
  3. Resources for Professionals: Clinical guidance on home monitoring
    Clinical Guidance (full, PDF): Home Blood Pressure and Urinalysis Monitoring
    Powerpoint Slides: Using Technology to Support Remote Maternity Care

    Edit or Printable versions of the Appendices:
    Clinical Guidance Appendix 1 (Word): Loan Agreement
    Clinical Guidance Appendix 2 (Word): Home BP and Urinalysis Results Diary
    Clinical Guidance Appendix 3 (PDF): Overview of Home BP Eligibility Assessment
    Clinical Guidance Appendix 4 (PDF): Interpreting Home BP Results
    Clinical Guidance Appendix 5 (Word): GP Letter Template
    Clinical Guidance Appendix 6 (PDF): Inclusion, Exclusion and Eligibility Criteria
    Clinical Guidance Appendix 7 (PDF): Clinical Pathway for Home Monitoring
    Clinical Guidance Appendix 8 (Word): Evaluation – Consent to Contact
    Clinical Guidance Appendix 9 (Word): Teach-back Examples
  4. Using Florence (text messaging) to support Home Blood Pressure Monitoring and Urinalysis
    2020 06 08 Using Florence to support Home BP and Urinalysis Protocol – NHS Lanarkshire / TEC Team
  5. Learning from Implementation of Home Blood Pressure Monitoring and Urinalysis
    8 June 2020 Home Monitoring Webinar-Learning from Implementation-Slides and Webinar. (HIS / MCQIC / TEC Team)
    2020 06 08 Home Monitoring-Learning from Implementation-NHS Lanarkshire
    2020 06 08 Home Monitoring-Learning from Implementation-NHS Tayside
    2020 06 08 Home Monitoring-Learning from Implementation-NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
    2020 06 08 Home Monitoring-Learning from Implementation-NHS Lothian
    2020 06 08 Home Monitoring-Learning from Implementation-NHS Lothian (SBAR)
    2020 08 10 Home Monitoring-Learning from Implementation-NHS Tayside Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)