Pelvic Floor

Action needed to address stark inequalities in care across UK pelvic floor services

The MASIC Foundation welcomes the findings of a new report which reveals significant shortcomings in the care of UK patients with pelvic floor disorders (PFDs), and provides recommendations on six areas for change to improve outcomes.

The report authors call for urgent action to improve treatment and access to surgery, highlighting that PFD patients have been neglected for years. The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified pre-existing disparities in services, leading to significant delays in treatment access. However, it also offers opportunity to change models of care.

To address a lack of ‘joined-up’ services, the report offers national recommendations that call for health bodies and the Government to adopt changes, as well as local recommendations aimed at healthcare professionals working day-to-day with patients.

The proposed areas for change are:

  1. Educate patients, healthcare professionals and the public about PFDs and their treatment
  2. Use technology to improve patient care e.g., virtual consultations
  3. Integrate expertise across the country to ensure patients consistently receive expert care, from the community to the hospital
  4. Rethink surgical procedures and premises to free up operating theatre capacity
  5. Optimise collaboration among PFD specialists and make use of available skills e.g., nurse and allied health professional-led procedures
  6. Consider public-private partnerships to address capacity issues for surgery

‘Seizing the opportunity to improve patient care: Pelvic floor services in 2021 and beyond’ is launched by The Pelvic Floor Society and endorsed by 10 health professional societies and patient organisations.

www.pelvicfloorreport.com

 

 

 

 

Looking for support?

There is support available if you need it, don’t suffer in silence and don’t be afraid to ask for help and advice.

MASIC can help you over come the physical and emotional trauma you may have experienced during and after child birth. We can support you and guide you to helpful resources, all you need to do is get in touch.

Not sure where to start?

Please call the MASIC 24h freephone Birth Injury Support Helpline 0808 1640 8333

The stats speak for themselves.
More women are affected and need support…

85%

of women with severe birth injury said it impacted on their relationship with their child

78%

were affected by traumatic memories of the birth

52%

stated they were embarrassed by the symptoms of their injury

49%

of women affected said they doubted their ability to mother

45%

suffered postnatal depression as a result of their injury

24%

of women affected regretted having a child because of the injuries sustained