All of our clinic work has the goal of improving health outcomes and developing evidence based practice to reduce the number of babies who die during pregnancy or birth.
Tommy’s funds 5 pioneering research centres across the country. As part of our innovative research model, each research centre is associated with a number of NHS antenatal clinics and recurrent miscarriage clinics. At these clinics, members of our research team translate medical research into clinical practice in real time. This means that patients can access cutting-edge clinical care, as well as have the opportunity to participate in medical trials.
- Birmingham Women's Hospital
- University Hospital Coventry
- Queen Charlotte's & Chelsea Hospital and St Mary's Hospital, London
At our recurrent miscarriage clinics, women and their partners are given the opportunity to take part in research trials, accessing cutting-edge treatments and tests.
“The staff at the Tommy’s clinic at Birmingham Women’s Hospital seemed to understand how we felt and didn’t diminish what we’d been through. For the first time we felt hope. In the end, Tommy’s gave us more than hope; they gave us our rainbow baby.”
Kirsty from Preston had 3 miscarriages before she was referred to Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research clinic in Birmingham. She gave birth to her rainbow baby in 2019. Read Kirsty’s story here.
Our dedicated team of researchers in Manchester run a network of 5 research clinics. At our clinics, we offer specialist care to women at high risk of pregnancy loss. These women have a chance to take part in clinical studies that improve our understanding of stillbirth, fetal growth restriction, hypertension (high blood pressure) and diabetes. The clinics allow us to translate research breakthroughs into clinical practice.
- The Rainbow Clinic
- Manchester Placenta Clinic
- The Manchester Antenatal Vascular Service (MAViS)
- The Diabetes Clinic (VELOCITY)
- The Lupus in Pregnancy Clinic (LiPS)
Our model is very successful. Since 2010, our research centre has reduced the stillbirth rate in the Greater Manchester area by 32% against a much lower national average rate of reduction.
Our research centre in London is home to 3 flagship research clinics which provide exemplary evidence-based care to women with high-risk pregnancies and improve outcomes for mothers and babies.
The clinics provide best-practice care and recruit women to participate in research. The information and samples collected are vital for our researchers, enabling them to explore promising areas and make significant discoveries that will improve the chances of at-risk babies.
- Tommy’s Preterm Surveillance Clinic
- The Hypertension in Pregnancy (HiP) Clinic
- Diabetes in Pregnancy Clinic
Clinic highlights 2020
Our research centre in Edinburgh is home to 2 flagship research clinics which provide evidence-based care to women with high-risk pregnancies and improve the chances of mothers having a healthy baby.
Clinic highlights 2020
In 2020, we:
- Supported over 550 women in our Tommy’s clinics (15% of all women delivering at Royal Infirmary Edinburgh)
- Recruited over 400 women to clinical trials
- Embedded NHS support within both the metabolic and preterm birth clinic