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01/08/2014 at 10:12
I have been really impressed with the level of care I have received so far in my pregnancy.
From the moment I found out I've been looked after, with early scans from EPU, to phone calls from the GP to see how I am, to yesterday at the midwife, being told I will be placed under shared care and have my 16 week appointment with the consultant rather than the midwife BUT she will invite me in at 14 weeks to have a go at listening to the heartbeat.
Everyone has been brilliant. I think the NHS get a bad rap but really, when it matters they have pulled through for me so far.
01/08/2014 at 10:21
01/08/2014 at 10:34
So pleased you are having such fab care Rod! I work for the NHS so am a big advocate of it, I know it's not perfect but what multi national system is? I have been on the receiving end of awful maternity care so do understand when people have issues but on the whole I think the NHS try's it's best!
01/08/2014 at 11:08
So glad you're being well looked after. I know it's not the case for all but I too have received amazing care through both pregnancies so far. We tend to only ever hear bad experiences as people rarely write about the good ones! Long may it continue xx
That's really great to hear. Long may it continue! :) (Almost everyone I dealt with in my pregnancy birth experience was flipping lovely and just generally nice to be around, goes a long way)
01/08/2014 at 11:49
Excellent to hear they're taking good care of you Rodders! x
01/08/2014 at 11:55
really pleased you are being well looked after. I have always had very positive experiances with them myself right through the level of care in pregnancy and also when I was seriously ill with a blood clot. I think we are very lucky that we have the service available to us TBH
01/08/2014 at 12:17
I'm so glad to hear that Rod! They were great with me when I had my ERPC, I couldn't praise them enough but had a very mixed experience when I had O. The labour ward and surgeon etc for my section were great, recover ward staff were great but when I went up to the ward after it was an entirely different story!
My community midwife was excellent when I got home so ended on a positive too!
Glad to hear all Is going well with baby rodders and look forward to your positive 12 weeks scan update xx
01/08/2014 at 12:30
Really pleased everything is going well for you Rod and they are looking after you xx
01/08/2014 at 15:07
It's great to hear that they're looking after you, you deserve some special treatment after everything. I think everyone on this forum is behind you and mini rod.
I also was pretty impressed with the care I got this time. Sometimes the nhs don't get it right but generally when it matters, IMO, they do get it right.
I have to agree with MDD that I found the post natal ward a huge let down, the midwives were hot and miss. Some were brilliant and some were awful.
01/08/2014 at 16:05
Imp the day after I have birth I was given 2 slices of toast in the morning that they brought me with a cup of tea and put it over on the side away from me as I was trying (and failing miserably) to feed O. I couldn't get out the bed so by the time I had finished someone was round to give me painkillers and took away the cold cup of tea and made me eat one of the slices of toast so I could have my tablets. I was then missed off both the lunch and dinner rounds. My H went to the hospital shop at lunchtime and got me a sandwich so that wasn't a huge issue (although a hot meal would have been nice given I had had nothing to eat the day before!) and then they missed me again at dinner time. When my H went to chase them up they said I had been forgotten again and offered me a tuna sandwich (I HATE tuna!) he phoned my mum and she got my dad to go by mcdonalds (the only thing close by) so I had something warm to eat.
The next again day I was suffering terribly with a headache at lunchtime and the woman doing the lunches told my H I had to go through to the sort of sitting area to have food. I was trying hard to get some sleep and he said this to the woman and she told him she couldn't keep my lunch then and scrapped it into the bin infront of him. And I wondered how I couldn't keep my strength up and was struggling with BF!!
01/08/2014 at 16:19
Oh MDD that's dreadful. It's things like that which give the hospital/nhs a bad name. Although I know around here the food/services are provided by a private company.
Mine was just generally that they were too busy. In the first 6 hours after my section I pressed the bell a few times and each time I was left fit about 20 mins before anyone came to me. I couldn't reach O to pick him up, I didn't have any water and my catheter was full. I was in tears pretty much all day.I didn't get any pain meds for 24 hours and didn't realise I was meant to ask for them?! I also didn't get told I should have been taking iron tablets cos of a big blood loss, which again I wasn't told about! It wasn't until day 5 that I was told to take them.
01/08/2014 at 16:32
Imp I could have written your post! The first night I would ring and eventually someone would come, towards the end of the night I actually (god knows how) bit managed to get him out of the crib and then I just lay awake with him on my bed as I couldn't put him back and I was in agony!
He day I had the headache my H went to find someone to get me painkillers (I hadn't seen anyone all day and it was lunchtime. They eventually arrived at about 2. They then came round as normal about 4pm and told me I couldn't have anything as I'd only just got my morning lot at 2! So I was left again until I was chasing for something in the evening.
It was a complete shambles, never in the whole time we've been together have I seen my H so angry!
01/08/2014 at 16:43
You know I've had some dire experiences but I have to say that my experience at DVH was my only decent one despite the reason that I was there. I'm glad they are treating you well. X
01/08/2014 at 18:12
I have to say Rod you have had a much more positive experience of the NHS than me! I won't go into detail but I'm appalled at the lack of support I have had and am considering giving birth at a different hospital. I think it's lovely we have the system but it should be the same for everyone and not a postcode lottery. Feeling pretty upset about it tonight.
02/08/2014 at 07:39
Glad you are having a good experience Rod and that all is well for you so far. It's a shame that people have not always had such positive experiences but it's nice to hear it's not always the case.
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