"Admitted to hospital when I had just had a baby"

About: Hairmyres Hospital / General Surgery

(as the patient),

When my little boy was 7 weeks old, I developed pancreatitis as a complication of gallstones.

The out of hours doctor came to my house to tell me that my blood tests taken earlier that day showed that I was unwell and needed to go into hospital. My son was tiny and exclusively breastfed, and I didn't want to leave him, or to give him formula if it could be avoided.

The hospital staff and management were so helpful and supportive, allowing me to bring my baby into the hospital where I was able to care for him, while they cared for me.

The Consultant was very understanding and allowed me to go home to wait for my operation, going out of his way to ensure that things happened quickly whilst avoiding needless separation from my young children.

The whole experience was very positive and I was so pleased that my decision to breastfeed was supported throughout.

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Response from Susan Friel, Chief of Nursing Services, Hairmyres Hospital, NHS Lanarkshire

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Dear fish15

Thank you for your lovely feedback. I'm so glad we were able to look after you and your baby son during what must have been a rotten time for you. We try very hard to ensure we provide a really 'person centred' approach to looking after our patients, and supporting their families. I've already passed on your comments and appreciation to the team who looked after you.

I hope you are recovering, and are getting a chance for some sleep too!



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Response from Wendy Drysdale, Senior Midwife for Neonatal and Transitional Care Unit, Maternity Services, NHS Lanarkshire

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Hello fish15,

I hope you have made a good recovery. Breastfeeding brings lifelong benefits for yourself and your baby, which is why NHS Lanarkshire has a policy to support continued breastfeeding even when mothers become unwell. We have a collaborative multidisciplinary approach to supporting breastfeeding in Lanarkshire involving our midwives, nursing staff, pharmacists, anaesthetic and medical staff alongside the breastfeeding support team and it is great to hear how supported you felt with all the team in Hairmyres and Wishaw working together to support you continuing to breastfeed. It is a tremendous achievement to keep breastfeeding through difficult circumstances- well done.

We hope you and your baby are enjoying your breastfeeding experience, if you ever need any further support or advice please contact the breastfeeding support service on 01698 366710.

Kindest wishes


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