QE Maternity go live with new app for mums-to-be

Posted on Mon, 05/11/2018

Expecting mums in Gateshead can now access their maternity medical notes online thanks to an innovative new app.

The BadgerNet Maternity Notes app allows women real-time access to their maternity records using their smartphone, PC or tablet.

The information is generated from the hospital’s maternity system using details entered by a midwife or other health professional. This includes blood test results, reminders about appointments and information on antenatal classes.

The app also allows pregnant women to add information about their preferred birth plan and flag up any allergies or relevant health issues prior to an appointment.

Upgrades to the app, expected in November, will also give users the chance to add photos and diary entries, creating a lasting record of their pregnancy and baby’s journey.

As well as empowering women to feel more involved in their care, the app provides a valuable resource for their healthcare team by creating an easily accessible record of their medical and personal information.

Corinne Blackburn, Community Midwife and Digital Project Lead, said: “The BadgerNet app is a fantastic tool for both mothers and healthcare workers bringing our maternity services forward into the 21st century and enhancing accessibility and data security.

“Since it launched in June, we have received lots of positive feedback with women telling us it helps them to feel more fully informed about their pregnancy and care.

“Going digital also brings lots of advantages for staff, such as reducing the need for duplication and carrying bulky maternity notes. It also helps us to gain a greater understanding of the women in our care – not only medically, but also personally through the comments that they can make through the app.”

Maternity Notes is an opt-in service and all information is held securely and cannot be accessed without appropriate login details, similar to internet banking.

Judith Tuck is expecting her first baby in January and has found the app to be a useful resource.

She said: “It’s great having all the information I need in one place and the app means I can easily check it anywhere, such as on the bus on the way to work.

“When it’s your first baby, there can seem a lot of information out there to think about and having it all on an app that you can keep going back to, is really useful.

 “I haven’t decided on my birth plan yet, but the app is encouraging me to think about it and I can add in comments that will then be shared with my midwife.”

For further information visit Your Maternity Record



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