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Nottingham trust pioneers treatment plan for hypermesis

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Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust has developed a new treatment plan to support women suffering from severe sickness during pregnancy.

It believes it is the first trust in the country to create a plan for women with severe sickness during pregnancy, known as hyperemesis, who can become dangerously dehydrated.

Clinical teams have developed new treatment guidelines in a joint approach with GP surgeries in Nottingham on how to treat women suffering from the condition, to prevent hospital admissions.

Shilpa Deb, the trust’s lead for emergency gynaecology, said: “Hyperemesis is a common problem, the main issue being dehydration.

“We have reduced the number of overnight admissions significantly since starting this work, however, we want more women to be at home with their families as much as possible during their pregnancy,” she said.

The trust’s work has the backing of the charity Pregnancy Sickness Support and Dr Deb will present the hyperemesis guidelines (attached to this page, see top-right) at its conference later this year.


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