A pit stop visit to Mercedes Formula 1 headquarters has inspired midwives and doctors from George Eliot Hospital to change their procedures and improve their team working in an emergency.
Doctors, anaethetists, nurses and midwives from the hospital’s maternity department called in to Brackley-based Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport recently to watch the pit stop practice and learn from the teamwork on display. As a result of the visit, the maternity team will be altering how they practise and prepare for emergency situations, ensuring that all movements are as efficient as possible - saving valuable seconds.
One initiative the hospital team aim to borrow is the ‘role changing’ practice drill from the F1 pit crew, where members of staff gain a greater understanding of the role others have to play. For example, a midwife could take the role of a paediatrician during practice sessions, gaining a greater insight into the thought processes of their teammates.
George Eliot Hospital’s Head of Midwifery, Alison Talbot said: “We jumped at the chance to visit Mercedes F1. We both face working in high-pace, pressured environments and it was fascinating to see the parallels between our experiences and how the team works together.
“We met a team at the top of its game and whose members appreciate the value of a few seconds. We are eager to put what we have seen into practice in an emergency situation and continue to improve our services for our patients.
“We’re really proud of our work and we receive fantastic feedback from our patients and the public. However, there is always room for improvement and we want our maternity unit to be able to deliver the best possible quality of care. Our sincere thanks go to the Mercedes team for helping us do that.”
The trip to Mercedes F1, and the practices implemented afterwards, are all part of the maternity department’s labour leaders initiative, which is also part of national programme to improve patient care and safety.