Use of the birth unit and pool in Broomfield hospital for VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Ceasarian) cases

Mr Powling made this Freedom of Information request to Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust

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Dear Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust,

Since the opening of the birthing unit in Broomfield hospital, how many VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Ceasarian) cases:

1) requested use of the birthing unit rather than the labour ward

Of these

2) how many used the birthing unit for all or part of the labour

Of these

3)how many used the pool for part or all of the labour

Yours faithfully,

Mr Powling

MEHT FOI (RQ8) Mid Essex Hospital, Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust

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Mr Powling

Thank you for your request. At Broomfield Hospital, there are 2 units within maternity, a midwife lead unit and a consultant unit for higher risk births. The decision making process regarding VBAC is managed in accordance with the attached clinical guideline and the arrangments for the use of the pool is set out in section 23.

I regret that we don’t as yet have electronic medical records so I regret that we would be unable to provide specific data relating to VBAC patients requesting the pool and for how long as this would only be currently recorded in manual medical records on an individual basis.

We do not interrogate manual medical records for the purposes of answering FOI requests as this would constitute a "secondary use of data" ie it would be accessing confidential health records for purposes unrelated to the care of the patient for clinical audit or official research, which would therefore require patient consent.

We are in the process of implementing an electronic maternity record which will greatly facilitate the running of anonymised reports in the future.

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