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Hyperemesis Gravidarum can be treated at home in B&NES

March 2, 2017

Pregnant women in Bath and North East Somerset with extreme morning sickness can be treated at home.

Sirona was the first health care organisation in the UK to help pregnant women with Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) in their own home.

Jenny Theed, Sirona care & health’s Director of Operations and Nursing, has issued this reminder following research published today which claimed in some areas of the country pregnant women with HG are refused help.

In 2014 Sirona’s IV Therapy nurses Emma Moxham and Kim Bushill won a national award for developing a service to help those diagnosed with Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG).

The condition hit the headlines when the Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to hospital in the early stages of her pregnancy with Prince George.

Until Sirona introduced the service giving intravenous fluids at home four years ago, the rare illness during pregnancy led to women being frequently admitted to hospital as they dehydrated.

Sirona, a not-for-profit social enterprise specialising in community health and adult social care, scooped the Nursing in the Community section of the Nursing Times Awards for the service.

Jenny said: “Our IV Therapy Service experiences the journey with the women we meet so we become experienced in the condition from their experience. It’s the patients themselves who are facilitating knowledge. This condition isn’t about the baby it’s about the woman.

“We are able to tailor the service to the women who need us which is the ethos of Sirona and supports our nursing ethics. In April our service in B&NES will transfer to Virgin Care as part of a wider procurement process; we are very proud to be handing over such an innovative and much needed service and we look forward to seeing its continued development to help pregnant women when they are most in need”

Factfile

Hyperemesis Gravidarum, is a severe and potentially life threatening condition which affects only one per cent of women with pregnancy sickness.  It is a debilitating condition which causes excessive nausea and vomiting which results in weight loss, dehydration, starvation and potential loss of life.