"Bounty photographers on wards"

About: Lister Hospital / Maternity

I gave birth in the maternity unit at Lister Hospital.

Whilst my birth and subsequent care I received from staff at the hospital was exemplary, I would like to comment on one particular issue which really upset me - Bounty photographers on the postnatal wards.

I really object to them being allowed access to the ward and for them to be able to approach new mothers at their bedside outside of visiting hours.

I was approached on two occasions by Bounty photographers and whilst they were both polite, I think it wholly inappropriate that a new Mum should be 'bothered' by unnecessary people whilst on the ward. I was tired, emotional and in the middle of trying to care for my new baby after a traumatic and exhausting experience.

Does the hospital make a profit from this service? Do they allow the photographers access to names etc. of patients on the postnatal ward?

In the interest of confidentiality and dignity, I don't think it should be allowed.

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Response from Lister Hospital

Thank you for sharing your feedback on your overall experience of our maternity services. We'll share it with senior members of the team, including your thoughts on the Bounty photography service. For clarity, they do not have access to patient information or data unless the mother has agreed to it.

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