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Launch of new clinical practice guidelines in obstetrics and gynaecology

By Reporter - 27th Jan 2023

Dr Steevens' Hospital

The HSE has launched a new set of clinical practice guidelines in obstetrics and gynaecology.

The areas covered by the 12 guidelines include post-menopausal bleeding, stillbirth, vaginal birth after caesarean section, and post-partum haemorrhage.

“Clinical guidelines are an important resource for doctors, midwives and allied health professionals who are committed to delivering safe and respectful quality care,” said Dr Cliona Murphy, Clinical Director at the National Women and Infants Health Programme.  

“The National Women and Infants Health Programme is committed to improvements in women’s and infants health, and with the support of the Women’s Health Task Force, has developed initiatives in ambulatory gynaecology, endometriosis and menopause – all of which will be strengthened by national guidance.”

Prof Keelin O’Donoghue, Clinical Lead for the National Clinical Practice Guidelines, said the “Clinical practice guidelines assist healthcare practitioners, service users, policymakers and other stakeholders to make informed decisions about health practice, public health and health policy.”

“Clinicians also need up-to-date and reliable resources to keep up their knowledge, and guidelines are important to address this need,” added Prof O’Donoghue.

The first suite of guidelines will be followed with over 30 updated clinical practice guidelines during 2023 and 2024.

The updated guidelines can be found at www.hse.ie/eng/about/who/acute-hospitals-division/woman-infants/clinical-guidelines/national-clinical-guidelines.html

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