An obstetric telehealth service could soon be available in Warwick to save mothers travelling to Brisbane and Toowoomba for care before and after pregnancy.
An obstetric telehealth service could soon be available in Warwick to save mothers travelling to Brisbane and Toowoomba for care before and after pregnancy. Contributed

Video link to boost health service for Warwick mums

WITH Warwick's birth rate increasing by 25 per cent from 2006-2011 many mothers to be will be grateful for plans to introduce a video conference link between the Warwick Hospital and obstetricians in Brisbane and Toowoomba.

Warwick Hospital director of nursing Megan O'Shannessy said planning had begun for this exciting new service.

"Midwives and doctors at Warwick Hospital have begun preliminary planning to further enhance the antenatal and post natal care of women with the introduction of obstetric telehealth services," she said.

We hope to video conference with Brisbane and Toowoomba obstetricians to save those mothers deemed "high risk" having to travel to larger centres for antenatal and post natal care."

In 2006 162 babies were born in Warwick, which increased to 203 last year giving Warwick a fertility rate of 2.61. Surrounding areas such as Killarney and Stanthorpe also recorded an increase in the number of births in the same time frame.

Stanthorpe had the highest fertility rate at 2.72.

Condamine Medical Centre's Dr Lynton Hudson said one of the reasons for the increase was Warwick Hospital's excellent care facilities.

"The town is lucky to have such a good hospital and obstetricians," he said.

"It is a reason why the number would not decrease."

Ms O'Shannessy said Warwick Hospital had a great team.

"We have a very dedicated group of midwives and doctors who thoroughly enjoy helping to deliver babies for Warwick district families," she said.

"The new Midwifery Antenatal Clinic, which began in early 2012, has been very popular with local families and the shared care arrangement with local General Practitioners has been exceptional."

Despite the increase in births the nursing director said there had not been an increase in the number of caesareans performed at the hospital.



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