Lancashire Teaching Hospitals lead way on research

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Lancashire Teaching Hospitals has been named top recruiter in a national study of older pregnant women.

The trust, which runs Royal Preston and Chorley and South Ribble Hospitals, is one of 40 sites across the UK taking part in a trial funded by Nottingham University. Lancashire Teaching Hospitals has recruited 27 women on to the programme and is the number one recruiter for research purposes in the UK in January.

The study has been looking into whether or not earlier induction is better for pregnant women over the age of 35.

The research programme is looking into whether older first time mums should be offered induction at 39 weeks rather than waiting until 12 days after the due date. The study is looking to show that by inducing women early the rate of caesarean section will not increase but the rate of stillbirth may decrease.