Clark’s Campaign

Clark’s Campaign has one aim: For every woman in Scotland with a clinical need for a PlGF test to be able to access this.

PlGF-based testing is a simple, cost-effective blood test that can rule in, rule out, and even predict the future onset of pre-eclampsia within certain timeframes. It gives clinicians the confidence they need to make a definitive diagnosis, and it gives expectant parents reassurance that they’re getting the care they need.

Pre-eclampsia is a potentially devastating pregnancy complication that can prove fatal for mothers and babies if not identified early and carefully managed. It remains one of the two main causes of maternal death worldwide, and in Scotland, an estimated 5,260 pregnant people present with suspected pre-eclampsia every year.

Freedom of Information requests have revealed that one year on since The Scottish Health Technologies Group recommended the use of PlGF-based testing, no Health Boards have been able to implement testing due to lack of funding and support.

PlGF-based testing for pre-eclampsia has been used in the NHS in England since 2016.

Erskine couple Ami and Stuart Geddes are leading the campaign in memory of their son, Clark. The campaign is calling for every hospital in Scotland to have access to PlGF testing, a simple blood test that helps diagnose pre-eclampsia.

Baby Clark had to be delivered at just 24 weeks in January 2021, after his mum Ami became life-threateningly ill with pre-eclampsia during her pregnancy. Tragically, baby Clark died just 12 days later.

Stuart Geddes, leading Clark’s Campaign said: “I’m so proud to launch Clark’s Campaign to demand better pre-eclampsia care in Scotland. I can’t help but wonder – if we’d been able to get an earlier pre-eclampsia diagnosis, would our wee boy still be alive today? I don’t want any other parents to have to ask themselves those questions.

Stuart and Ami (pictured with children Connie and Camdyn) have launched Clark’s Campaign to demand better pre-eclampsia care in Scotland.

“I often say that we’re a family of five – we’re just not all together right now. Clark’s Campaign will keep his memory alive and work to make PlGF-based testing more widely available, so that others don’t have to go through the same traumatic experience that we did.”

Stuart Geddes

Marcus Green, Chief Executive of Action on Pre-eclampsia said: “It’s now been a year since the Scottish Health Technologies Group recommended the use of PlGF-based testing in every Health Board. But as things stand, clinicians are still making diagnoses in the dark and pregnant mums are still living with life-threatening uncertainty. Action is long overdue.

“We’re privileged to have Stuart leading Clark’s Campaign after the devastating loss he and his wife Ami suffered. Together, we’re calling on the Scottish Perinatal Network to support every Health Board to implement PlGF-based testing.

“This is about so much more than a test – it’s about keeping mothers and babies safe, by getting them the right diagnosis at the right time. It’s about the thousands of other families like the Geddes – and ensuring they get the care they deserve.”

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