NDHT teams host lead of project improving outcomes for pre-term babies

Our maternity and neonatal teams are involved in a pioneering project called PERIPrem (Perinatal Excellence to Reduce Injury in Preterm Birth). The project aims to reduce the risk of brain injury and mortality in the smallest and earliest born babies. It is being rolled out across the South West before being rolled out nationally.

Last week, the teams hosted PERIPrem lead Sarah Bates. Sarah is the brains behind this project and is a neonatal consultant paediatrician and neonatologist at Swindon Hospital.

Staff with sim baby manikin (left to right): Janet Hutchins, Neonatal Staff Nurse and joint NDHT PERIPrem project lead; Stuart Davison, Paediatrician; Sarah Bates, founder of the PERIPrem project; Kerry Causer, Labour Ward Coordinator and joint NDHT PERIPrem project lead

Sarah gave a presentation to our teams on the PERIPrem care bundle, which includes 11 interventions of care that can reduce the risk of injury or brain damage if women present in preterm labour. Certain elements of the care bundle are given antenatal to women and some elements of care are for when preterm babies are actually born, making delivery of the project a real joint effort between the maternity and neonatal teams at NDHT.

During her visit, Sarah supported the team to carry out emergency preterm simulation training, complete with special pre-term baby manikin brought along for the day. The team simulated an emergency C-section in theatres, preterm vaginal birth and optimal cord clamping.


Kerry Causer, Labour Ward Coordinator and one of the PERIPrem leads for the trust, said:

“PERIPrem is such a great project to be part of, and we are happy and proud to be some of the first in the country to be involved.

“Sarah’s visit was brilliant – her passion has helped to inspire us all. The simulation training in theatre has been so valuable for the multidisciplinary team, involving a mix of theatre staff, midwives, neonatal nurses, paediatricians and obstetricians.

“We’re excited about all the things our teams are putting in place to support women who present in preterm labour, and hope these timely interventions will improve the lives of preterm babies in our care.”

More information about PERIPrem is available here.

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Last updated: December 3, 2021