Expectant mums planning to have their babies at Royal Surrey are set to benefit from a new paperless maternity notes system.
BadgerNet Maternity – a secure web-based portal which goes live on 1 March – puts expectant mums in the driving seat and allows them to:
- see all their baby and personal details online 24/7 and any scheduled appointments
- get regular informative updates on everything they need to know about their pregnancy including patient information leaflets
- access their ‘personal care plan’ with a visual representation of their pregnancy
The system – which can only be accessed by verified account users and medical professionals –replaces the familiar yellow maternity paper notes and allows mums real-time access to the most up-to-date information about their pregnancy. It also allows them to add information which they can discuss with midwives at their next appointment and keep a diary of their pregnancy experience which are completely confidential for mums’ access only.
Because BadgerNet cuts out time-consuming paperwork, it frees up midwives to spend more time on face-to-face patient care. Immediately after each appointment, before or after birth, scans and blood tests will be published which can be easily accessed via the downloadable Maternity Notes app.
With each pregnancy currently generating an average of 50 sheets of paper, it is hoped that the new system will also reduce Royal Surrey’s carbon footprint by at least 175,000 sheets of paper per year.
Easier access to information
BadgerNet is part of a broader move to give expectant mums easier access to information. The Pregnancy Advice Line developed by Surrey Heartlands for the Royal Surrey, Ashford and St Peters and Epsom Hospitals gives round-the-clock advice and support for pregnant women and women with new-born babies, it recently won two prestigious national awards demonstrating the commitment of our local hospital trusts and Clinical Commissioning Group to providing high quality health advice that is responsive and accessible to local needs.
Jacqui Tingle, Deputy Director of Midwifery and Divisional Head of Nursing for Women and Children, said: “BadgerNet is a really important step forward in our service for mums before and after birth. It streamlines the appointment and support system and gives expectant parents 24/7 access to their records via smart phone.
“It supports real time access to information for the pregnancy advice line to give the best possible advice. Both innovations will benefit women within the Surrey and Hampshire area to access care in any of our three linked trusts.
“We believe it will provide greater of peace for mind for mums and make them feel much more in control of their pregnancy.”
Full information about the new system is available on The Royal Surrey Maternity Facebook and Instagram pages and from the website. View more here.