"Bad staffing & forgotten on ward"

About: Birmingham Women's Hospital

Due to being a high risk pregnancy, I was given an induction date of 25th August as I would be 38 weeks and at more risk of still birth if I went full term. I have been admitted onto ward 1 on the 25th, , but since then I have been left waiting for a room on the delivery site to be induced. A wait due to poor staffing on wards and the suite itself. I have received monitoring but am basically taking up a bed while the risk to my baby rises due to bad management and planning. My care on the ward by the midwives has been superb and without complaint, but by their own admission, they are poorly managed and chronically understaffed hopefully there will be some movement today, but whilst I am waiting, my husbands paternity leave is running out so by the time i get discharged he will have to go straight back to work. Hopefully there will be no complications where i will need the support at home.and my risk to the baby increases due to poor management of busy periods. In any other industry this would not be tolerated but in health care the patient does not have a choice. do I go home and lose my place or stay with no information and hope?

Story from NHS Choices

Do you have a similar story to tell? Tell your story & make a difference ››


Response from Birmingham Women's Hospital

Thank you for taking the time to feedback about your care and we are sorry to hear about your frustrations. Your comments will be fed back to the Maternity and Hospital Managers. If you still have any concerns about your care or would like to talk through the problems you encountered, please contact our PALS Team who would be happy to provide any advice and look into the issues you have raised. They are based in the main reception of the hospital or can be contacted on 0121 627 2747. Once again, thank you for your feedback and we hope you have since had a better experience since posting your comments. Kind regards, Birmingham Women's Hospital

  • {{helpful}} {{helpful == 1 ? "person thinks" : "people think"}} this response is helpful