Setting up the first UK universal testing for gestational diabetes

In the UK, only some pregnant women are tested for gestational diabetes (having diabetes whilst you are pregnant). Doctors at the Bradford Maternity Unit were concerned that some women were being missed. In 2007, BiB helped to establish screening for gestational diabetes for all pregnant women at the Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. This increased the detection rate from 2% to 7% of pregnant women, meaning that more women could be given help to avoid the negative pregnancy outcomes that gestational diabetes can cause. Members of the BiB research team are now working with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to develop national guidelines around diabetes in pregnancy.