Trailblazing partnership launches UK’s first electronic single maternity record

The country’s first single maternity record system – including a secure mobile app for patients – has been launched by BHP’s two NHS Trusts.

Expectant mothers who receive their maternity care from either Birmingham Women’s Hospital, Heartlands Hospital, Good Hope or Solihull Hospitals will be the first to benefit from the innovation.

More than 18,000 women give birth each year across the Birmingham and Solihull Local Maternity System. The single maternity record will enable clinical information to be shared between the four hospitals run by Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Foundation Trust (BWC) and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB), helping to make care safer for women and their babies.

Additional benefits of the system include a reduction in the duplication of work with staff only needing to input clinical information once. Women due to give birth will also benefit from its simplicity, as they will only be asked for information once even if they are booked for their care to be shared between Trusts.

Rachel Carter, Head of Midwifery and Associate Director of Nursing at BWC, said:

“We are thrilled that the single maternity record has been launched across our local maternity system and we are confident that it will bring significant advantages to care.” 

The launch of the single maternity record is the latest in the digital transformation led by Birmingham and Solihull United Maternity & Newborn Partnership (BUMP). It will link to GPs and health visitors who have read-only access via a maternity portal and, most importantly, women can access their own information on a secure mobile app.

Sandra Orton, Divisional Director of Operations/Head of Midwifery at UHB, said:

“The launch of the single maternity record is great news and shows that working across organisational boundaries reaps rewards.  It is now so much easier for our staff to have all of the information they need to make a clinical decision, at their fingertips.”

It is hoped to extend the single maternity record to other maternity providers across the region in the future.