"lack of communication, waste of resources and long wait"

About: Good Hope Hospital / Maternity care

(as a relative),

attended ward 2, maternity block at good hope this week with my wife for a scan in. on arrival we were told that because my wife has not been to the hospital before - she does not have a hospital number. I would have thought that this should have been checked prior to out arrival as the appointment was booked days before via the midwife.

we sat waiting for 45 minutes - no one came out to explain the reason for the delay

the sonographer was very good and explained the procedure, the scan etc and was polite and pleasant, she informed us the scan results were normal but we have to see the 'nurse'.

we waited another 15 minutes to be then called in by the nurse. She took us to a treatment room, didn't tell us her name and role and wasn't wearing an ID badge that was visible - within 2 minutes repeated exactly what the sonographer told us - 'everything was normal'. when my wife said she had been having pains and that was the reason for the early scan - she expressed no interest or made any suggestions what to do if this happened again.

My experience showed the following:

- no one offers an explanation for delays - this is a basic communication shortfall of the NHS when patients/family become tired, anxious and lose confidence in clinicians because no one is explaining anything

- there is an assumption in this department that everyone needs to see a nurse - even if your scan results are normal. Valuable NHS resources are being wasted by such ritualistic processes and patient time is also wasted

- I still find it unforgiving that clinicians take it for granted that they don't have to inform patients who they are and what their role is

having foundation Trust status means nothing for patients when the NHS cant get the basics right!

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Response from Richard Parker, Managing Director, Good Hope Hospital, Heart Of England NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear First-time-user

I'm sorry to read about your experiences at Good Hope. If you're happy to contact my office directly I will make sure you & your wife's experience is fed back to the department.

We're committed to improving patient experience at the hospital & will make sure this is done both sensitively and effectively.

Thank you for taking the time to contact us & please accept my sincere apologies.

Best wishes


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Update posted by first time user (a relative)

hello richard,

you are welcome to ring me to discuss on the contact number I provided.

Response from Good Hope Hospital

Dear Sir, Thank you for taking the time to post your comments regarding yours and your wife's experience in our Maternity Unit at Good Hope Hospital. All feedback is used by the Patient Experience Team to identify themes and trends across the organisation to highlight areas of improvement, therefore your comments have been forwarded to our Patient Services Team. I am sorry that your experience was not a positive one and should you wish to discuss your concerns further, please do not hesitate to contact the Patient Services Team on 0121 424 0808 of via email patientservices@heartofengland.nhs.uk. Kind regards Patient Services

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