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07/08/2013 at 10:47
Prompted by AR's thread, I started wondering how far it is for you to the nearest MLU or labour ward? It's a hot topic locally as the labour ward at our large town hospital was closed 3 years ago and we now only have a MLU - the nearest hospital with a labour ward is 30 minutes away from me and further from the other side of town.
So what are your options and how far away are they?
07/08/2013 at 10:50
Theres a MLU 5 minutes from me but the nearest hospital with a labour ward is 30 mins. They have a MLU too, 2 floors above labour ward
07/08/2013 at 10:52
There is a hospital with a mlu, labour ward and theatre about 10/15 mins away from my house. I was lucky they were attached as had to be taken from mlu to the labour ward to push and wouldn't have fancied going in an ambulance. There is a hospital in a neighbouring town which is mlu only and I would say it is at least half an hours drive to the nearest labour ward. I am not sure I would feel comfortable with that tbh,
07/08/2013 at 10:53
I live equal distance from two hospitals both are around 25-30 mins travelling time on a good day. One hospital has a MLU attached and the hospital itself has a SCBU too. The other jut has a labour ward so it's a no brainer as to where I go
07/08/2013 at 10:55
MLU is two minutes drive. Hospital is 25 mins away, maybe more depending on traffic.
When I was pregnant with W we lived in Sheffield and the hospital was 30 mins away if you drove late at night, but as we had to drive through the city centre and lots of residential areas/ schools to get there, the route at rush hour could be easily over an hour. Luckily I went into hospital at 2am not 9am!
07/08/2013 at 10:57
The hospital where I gave birth had a MLU at one end of the corridor, with the more medicalised labour ward the other end so if there were problems you could just walk from one end to the other (which I did have to) - it's about 5 miles from our house, about a 15 minute journey, but that was plenty far enough to travel when trying to cope with contractions on the day!
There was another much nicer MLU, but that's about 20 miles away, and I didn't like the idea of having to travel that far while in labour, or more importantly then being blue lighted the journey to the hospital if something went wrong.
07/08/2013 at 11:05
The nearest MLU is about 15 mins away but, in the event of any complications, patients are transferred to a hospital another 30 mins away. I opted for this hospital (MLU on one floor, delivery suite below) so as to be there already! Luckily, I had an appointment to be induced, rather than a 45 min dash in the middle of the night or whatever.
07/08/2013 at 11:06
Hosp is approx 2/3 min drive depending on hitting lights at right time
07/08/2013 at 11:11
We don't have any MLU near us (I think). There are two hospitals a min of 20 minutes away, H made it in 18 minutes at 11pm last time Inwas in labour. In rush hour it's taken me 45 minutes before, then there's the issue of parking around visiting hours. We've waited 25 mins to get in for scans before, and my friend who lived next door to the hospital has recently moved so don't even have that as a parking option any more!
I'm just assuming I'll only need to travel there at night.
07/08/2013 at 11:26
MLU is approx 16 min away (that is on quiet roads in normal traffic 20 min in rush hour longer still
hospital with MLU and delivery ward 20 -25 min that is on back roas so less worry about rush hour traffic etc
I wanted to go to the hospital they were full and unhelpful on the phone when the time came and ended up at the MLU care was fantastic and had lots of pros over the hospital but I will still consider the hospital route and weigh up the pros and cons should we ever have a second as travel time for us is minimally different
07/08/2013 at 11:29
My nearest maternity unit of any kind is 10 miles away so about 25 minutes away in normal traffic
07/08/2013 at 11:36
Hospital is 5mins from our house, MLU 20-30min dependant on traffic.
07/08/2013 at 12:10
The two hospitals nearest me both have MLUs attached to them. One is 15 minutes away with a clear road but would take up to 50 mins in rush hour as there's just one main road between us and the hospital and if it's busy, there's no alternative route.
The other is about 30 minutes away with a clear road so goodness knows how long it would take us to get there in traffic!
07/08/2013 at 12:12
We used to have a MLU a 10 minute drive away but it's sadly been shut down. So I'm roughly equidistant between a hospital which has everything on site and a hospital with just a regular labour ward. Probably 15 minutes to the first and 20 to the second.
07/08/2013 at 12:36
Have these distances always been the same or have they been affected by hospital/ward closures? I know a lot of people I know are choosing to go straight to the hospital with labour ward and other facilities rather than risk giving birth in the back of an ambulance (there have been multiple cases of this in the last 3 years). The local hospital doesn't have A&E anymore either, just Minor Injuries, and many locals still can't believe that a town of around 100,000 people like ours can do without these services.
07/08/2013 at 12:51
Our hospital is 15-20mins away now we've moved, i was 5 mins away! That's non-rush hour too. That is the only hospital with a maternity unit within 45minutes of us. There was another hospital about 30mins again the other side of the hospital to me now, that closed it's delivery unit and is now just a MLU. So our hospital delivery serves the whole of the area both did. Although there are more again in the other direction.
The closest MLU to me is 10mins max even in rush hour from our new house. It's attached to a smaller hospital, no a&e etc. I'm not sure if it used to have a delivery unit or not.
07/08/2013 at 13:19
We're close to a hospital which has everything... MLU, delivery suite, NICU etc. Now we don't have a car so timings get interesting. If we called a cab it would probably take maybe 5-10 mins for the cab to get to us and then another 10 minutes to get us to the hospital. I imagine it'd take 5 minutes or so by ambulance.
In actual fact when we had A, my waters broke late evening and my mum drove over, so that took about 40 minutes for her to get to us (presume she had to get dressed, then drive over) and then 10 minutes to drive to hospital, park and get to the maternity wing. Wasn't a mad dash, as I didn't have any contractions. For the next baby I imagine we will do something similar, she can bring my dad too so he can stay in the flat with A.
07/08/2013 at 13:30
Nearest hospital in 20 mins with no traffic - MLU and labour ward are next to each other. Alot of people in my town choose to go to another larger hospital which is probably 40mins away because they are snobbish about not wanting their baby to be born in the town of the near hospital depsite it having a really good reputation for maternity.
07/08/2013 at 15:25
We were really lucky in that there is a MLU and labour ward as well as everything else at our local hospital which is 1.5 miles away down a country road. I've known people have to travel around an hour to their local one though which is appalling!
07/08/2013 at 15:31
5 min drive to the local hospital. i dont know whether thats MLU or justa labour ward. :S
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