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21/05/2014 at 17:26
21/05/2014 at 19:32
I'm am AHP and undergoing ivf in my trust as it was so much easier for me and H (who works 10 minutes away) than my local trust which is 40 minutes from home and 75 minutes from work. I have had a few close calls with people seeing me, which obviously wouldn't be such an issue for you as you won't be hiding your pregnancy in the way I'm hiding why I'm there, but if there was anyone I knew (generally nursing students or HCAs who chaperone scans) I would have no problem asking for somebody different. Could you do the same? I think there's a lot to be said for trusting the hospital you're in particularly when you're a health professional because if the staff/hospital is crap at any point it makes you even more frustrated because you know how it could/should be. Plus if you're "in house" you can maneuveur the system a bit for appointments etc, for example, collecting prescriptions-I drop the script off and go to work then collect them when convenient. If I was on a different trust is have to sit and wait for them to be ready.
I'll be following this thread with interest as if I am successful I will be having a similar decision to make (with the added factor my local is a failing trust....)
21/05/2014 at 19:42
I have a feeling Saisi has this issue about wanting scans and appointments in the hospital she worked in. But I'm not sure!
21/05/2014 at 21:04
I gave birth in the hospital I work in, wasn't a problem. I knew my anaesthetist having worked with him previously- was nice in a way as we had a little catch up chat whilst I was having my EMCS which took my mind off things! I felt because I worked for the hospital that the staff went a little above and beyond (I think because I work in an emergency setting they might need it returned one day lol). There were some porters I knew in theatre who probably got an eyeful but they were totally professional when I saw them again!
21/05/2014 at 23:01
I'm giving birth in one of my Trust hospitals. It's the one that falls in my area so I am there all the time. I don't deal directly with midwives but I do with the doctors so am not overly likely to come across anyone I know but it's a possibility. My local hospital is one I have never been to and I know my work hospital inside out and like you have a very good opinion of the maternity unit etc so for me it was a no brainer. I just told my community midwife that I would be choosing that hospital and gave the reasons and she was fine with it. It was more important to me to know about the care and I know that if I did have someone I know as part of my care they would be professional and apart from the initial embarrassment I wouldn't really have a problem with it! I'm sure they've seen much worse and hopefully I won't stick around in their head as a lasting image haha
22/05/2014 at 09:08
I'm a paramedic, and this did have some say in where I chose to give birth:
I originally wanted a home birth but mw said no due to a few risks, so I was booked into the MLU at Hospital A. There is no full maternity unit there, just a midwife unit, but it's lovely. I would probably at least vaguely know the midwives, which was fine by me. Hospital A is 15 mins in one direction from home. The problem is that in case of any complications during birth or before, patients are automatically referred to Hospital B. This is a further 30 mins in the same direction so 45 mins from home, it's the hospital I admit most of my pregnant patients to, and it's vile. Worse than that, once you are in the MLU in labour, if even a minor complication occurs (sthg as trivial as maternal BP being 141/85 rather than their cut off of 140/85) it's an automatic ambulance transfer (duty of care and all that) to Hospital B. No choice. And whereas I don't mind knowing the midwives at the MLU, there was no way this earth I was going to risk a paramedic colleague seeing me in labour, or worse, delivering my child at the business end!! Due to this risk, and Hospital B being horrible anyway, I've transferred care to Hospital C, 15 mins from home in a different direction, different NHS trust, a bit harder for my community midwife since it's not her area, but a far nicer place. And just as well since I've now been told I'm too high risk for a MLU anyway so had I not transferred, I'd have ended up at Hospital B anyway!
22/05/2014 at 09:31
Thanks everyone, really useful to hear everyone's experience and opinions. I think I am definitely erring towards my hospital. I have never worked in the O&G department so really am unlikely to know anyone and as you say KK if it was a junior that I knew well I would likely just ask if there was someone else on- they may well feel the same!
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