In May 2015 a new clinic was started to support women with chronic hypertension in pregnancy (HiP). The clinic was set up in response to a local audit which revealed poor outcomes for women with chronic hypertension in pregnancy (especially non-white women) and, a serious incident report into an individual case in which a baby was stillborn.
A Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) research group was set up which identified the following issues as important to the women:
- there is a knowledge gap about hypertension in pregnancy between specialists and midwives/GPs
- having a dedicated clinic can make a positive difference
- communication between primary and secondary care needs to be improved
- empowering women to understand their condition helps them to make informed decisions and be involved in their care
- advice about healthy living after pregnancy would be welcomed
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