This is a report on NHS-funded maternity services in England for March 2017, using data submitted to the Maternity Services Data Set (MSDS). The MSDS has been developed to help achieve better outcomes of care for mothers, babies and children. The MSDS is a patient-level ‘secondary uses’ data set that re-uses clinical and operational data for purposes other than direct patient care, such as commissioning, clinical audit. It captures key information at each stage of the maternity service care pathway in NHS-funded maternity services, such as those provided by GP practices and hospitals. The data collected include mother’s demographics, booking appointments, admissions and re-admissions, screening tests, labour and delivery along with baby’s demographics, diagnoses and screening tests.
On World Hepatitis Day, in their PHE screening blog, Public Health England took the opportunity to highlight the work of the NHS Infectious Diseases in Pregnancy Screening (IDPS) Programme on hepatitis B. The UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) recommends hepatitis B screening for all pregnant women in the UK. This is so that interventions can be implemented to reduce the risk of transmission of infection to the babies of infected women. In England, around 0.4% of pregnant women have hepatitis B.
Following a further comprehensive review of the evidence, the UK National Screening Committee has not recommended a national screening programme for GBS in pregnancy.
The test currently available cannot accurately distinguish between those mothers whose babies are at risk and those who are not. This means that a large number of women would unnecessarily be offered antibiotics, with the balance of harms and benefits from this approach being unknown.
Public Health England has updated and rebranded its leaflets on screening tests and pregnancy scans. Screening tests for you and your baby: gives information on the screening tests offered during pregnancy and after the baby is born, and is available in a variety of languages.
Public Health England has published eight easy read guides explaining the various screening tests offered during and after pregnancy for people with learning disabilities. These easy guides are adapted from the Screening tests for you and your baby booklet.