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Obstetric scanning service extended in Argyll and Bute 

11/07/2017   |  Argyll & Bute 
 

As from this week women in the Campbeltown area accessing the obstetric scanning service will now be able to be scanned closer to home thanks to an expansion of the service which started in Oban earlier this year.

The service, which started in Oban during April, had been much longed for in the area as women had previously had to travel to Glasgow for obstetric scanning. Now, with the Oban service proving to be a success, it has now been extended to Campbeltown Hospital.

Catriona Dreghorn, senior midwife for the area explained that antenatal scanning has developed and progressed with the improvements in technology so it requires a much higher level of expertise and training but the team are excited to be able to offer this more widely in the local area.

Catriona said: “The new service in Campbeltown will operate one day a week and will allow women to access all the planned diagnostic and screening services that are now recommended in pregnancy and have never been offered before in the area, such as first trimester screening, detailed scans and growth scans.

“Local women have told us that this is a service they want locally and we are pleased to have a great team that have the skills to enable these services to be offered.”

Unplanned care, for example early pregnancy scans, will continue to be provided in Glasgow as current recommendations require that they need to be provided within a designated early pregnancy service.

Becky Brown, a midwife based in Campbeltown is also qualified in obstetric ultrasound having completed a full postgraduate certificate and brings her wealth of midwifery experience in Campbeltown and understanding of rural midwifery to enhance the service.

She said: “This is an exciting time for everyone involved in the new service. I’m also part of the Oban service which has been going really well since it started and I’m delighted that we’re now able to extend it and offer mums-to-be in the Campbeltown area local obstetric scanning.”

Becky added that this was an exciting time for midwifery in Argyll and Bute and Highland, particularly in remote and rural areas where the service is being highlighted in a new three part documentary series called ‘The Highland Midwife’ which is currently being shown on Channel 5.

She said: “Being a Highland midwife is such a privilege and what the series shows is how unique our role here is. It’s certainly put us in the spotlight and I hope highlights just how satisfying and rewarding this role can be.”

Further information

Erin Greig 
Communications Manager 
01463 705771