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Research at Kingston Maternity Unit

Kingston Maternity Unit is dedicated to providing care based on the best and most current evidence available.

Maternity is an ever evolving field, with more and more being discovered about pregnancy and birth and how best to treat certain conditions affecting pregnant women. Research into these developing treatments is essential in order to ensure that the most effective and safest care plans are followed at all times.

At Kingston Maternity, we are proud to be a part of several national research projects and our research team are working hard to grow the portfolio of projects we are involved with. All of our research is approved and funded by the National Institute of Health Research which means it is ethically and scientifically sound, and has the highest standards possible for patient safety.

If you are receiving care at Kingston Maternity Unit, during your pregnancy you may be approached by one of our research team should you be eligible for inclusion in any of the projects we are currently running. It is your choice whether or not you agree to take part in these studies. If you choose not to be involved, the care you receive will not be affected in any way.

Where possible we try to fit research around your normal care so that it is as easy as it can be for you to be involved.

For more information on the studies currently underway at Kingston Maternity, please see below:

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PETRA is a study of threatened preterm labour. The aim is to devise a tool to better diagnose TPTL and improve patient experiences.



•             To determine if delivery in women with pre-eclampsia between 34+0 and 36+6 weeks of gestation reduces adverse maternal outcomes up to post-natal discharge of the mother from hospital.

•             It is a Randomised Control Trial (Planned Delivery versus Expectant Management), aiming to recruit 900 over a 3 year period.



I have attached the patient information sheet, but in brief, the study looks at comparing the following treatments for women at high risk of preterm labour:

•             Progesterone

•             Arabin pessary (a silicon pessary which is placed around the cervix)

•             Cervical cerclage


The study will then compare the outcomes of women for each of the arms of the study.

As the Preterm Surveillance Clinic (PSC) is now up and running (thank you for all the referrals so far – please keep them coming!), we hope we will be seeing all women at risk of preterm labour and so expect to recruit most eligible women there. However, if you do see any women who you consider at risk of preterm labour, please forward their details to either me or Susana Pereira asap for follow up preferably prior to commencing any treatment.


Get in touch with our Research Midwifery Team

  • Monday to Friday, 9.00 to 17.00 : 07595 091 985/ 0208 934 3737
    If we are unable to take your call, please leave a message and a member of the team will call you as soon as possible
  • e mail us at khft.maternityresearchpublicmailfoldereditorialgs@nhs.net



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