"Well attended high risk delivery"
About: The Royal London Hospital The Royal London Hospital E1 1BB
Posted by C*********.
I gave birth to my son on Monday 17th August with forceps as I developed a temperature while labouring which obviously raised concerns for an infection. It turned up to be Strep B and it meant staying in hospital for a week. My son was not affected by it.
In terms of midwifery care during labour and doctors/surgeons/ anaesthetist: when I went into theatre for an emergency forceps delivery, I cannot speak highly enough of the team. The care and attentions I got in the recovery room after delivery by the midwife at 2 am were second to none; they were wonderful, washed me, fed my son , made a bed on the floor for my husband and on our request, found us a private room.
Once we managed to find a private room for me to stay ( GBP 120 a night worth spending), midwifery care post natal declined a little. I never had an episode or rudness or lack of care.
but things do slow down and it becomes quite obvious that they are understaffed and do not communicate/ coordinate well between themselves. The wards are extremely busy and some 4-bed bays can be quite loud. If you are to stay for more than one night there and you can afford it, avoid the shared rooms; resting there seemed quite impossible.
Lastly but equally important: cleanness. Frankly quite poor. Before having my son, in room 21 of High Risk delivery ward,
I had to show the midwife the state of the wardrobe in the room. It had balls of dust, wood chips and a pair of old used underpants rolled in there. I took a picture in disbelieve. Disgusting. As far as postnatal is concerned, in my private room the bathroom was cleaned every day but the room per se wasn't for the entire week I was there other than the mopping the floor and not in a very thorough fashion (not under arm chairs or bedside table)