A UK charity, the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust (EPT) has revealed its Patient Information Suite has been highly commended at the British Medical Association (BMA) Patient Information Awards 2019 and shortlisted for the overall BMA Patient Information Award 2019
The BMA Patient Information Awards was established in 1997 to demonstrate the BMA’s commitment to support the excellent educational practice of patients, allowing them to understand their relationship with doctors, the health conditions they are living with, and the treatment they are receiving.
The EPT’s Patient Information Suite consists of posters, patient information packs and leaflets that provide information on physical and emotional aspects of an ectopic pregnancy. The information helps to provide personalised care and assistance with decision-making, at an overwhelming time.
A respected resource for patients
Munira Oza, director for The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust, said: “We are delighted to have received such a prestigious commendation from the BMA. From anecdotes that we frequently receive from patients and hospitals, we know it is a much needed, valued and respected resource.
“Our website is listed as a resource on the NHS Choices website as health information that can be trusted. It is based on the latest evidence, up-to-date, and is reviewed by healthcare professionals as well as women affected by ectopic pregnancy to ensure it meets their needs.”
What is an ectopic pregnancy?
According to the Trust, an ectopic pregnancy is a common, occasionally life-threatening condition that affects one in 80 pregnancies. It occurs when a woman’s egg, that has been fertilised, implants outside the womb. The most common place for an ectopic pregnancy is the Fallopian tube but there are many other sites where an ectopic pregnancy can be located. The ectopic pregnancy must be removed and this can involve removing the fallopian tube, making natural pregnancy in future more difficult.
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority(HFEA) was also highly commended for its work on informing patients on treatment add-ons.
To find out more about the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust, click here