March 8 – When planning on having your baby in hospital, the more information you have beforehand the more comfortable you’ll be, says Shannon Maier, Guelph General Hospital’s Clinical Director Maternal-Newborn & Paediatric Services. That’s why GGH just launched a web page that includes comprehensive information about delivering your baby at GGH. It also has a guided video tour of the unit hosted by one of its nurses.
“We were getting a lot of requests from expecting families in the community to have a prenatal tour of our unit but it just wasn't feasible or sustainable to run actual tours,” Maier says. “However, it got us thinking about how we could communicate about the exceptional care our large team provides to our community.”
The prenatal video came together with a lot of input from staff and people all throughout GGH. Maier says Vanessa Wood, an FBU nurse did an incredible job learning the script and acting as tour guide in the video. It was funded through proceeds of the Foundation of Guelph General Hospital’s “Footprints of the Future” program and produced by Guelph’s Thomas Gofton of Synndicus Inc.
“We are also thrilled that we were able to revamp our web page to offer more accurate details about our department, share important resources, and to welcome patients into our care,” says Maier. “We really just want to let people know what we are all about; safe, quality maternal newborn care, positive patient experiences, outstanding outcomes and teamwork.”