"Shortage of midwives drop in clinics"
Posted by seabirth (as ),
The published drop in clinics in some areas are no longer running.
Last week I visited 2 drop in clinics to be told due to lack of funding they were no longer on and had not been for 3 months - but they are advertised on the web and also still on the sheets at local doctors' surgeries.
My doctor has advised me the drop in clinic at my doctors' is normally booked up 2 weeks in advance, therefore the only one available is the friday afternoon at Cannock Chase hospital. On Friday I went, the queue/wait was approx 1 hour 30min. There were not enough chairs for the pregnant ladies who were in the corridor, some standing for over an hour.
The clinic went well past the 4pm deadline. On talking to some ladies there, many felt they were ushered in and out and due to the swelling ranks of ladies waiting felt rushed out, some not getting seen to as there was not enough time - can this be addressed? More midwives, more chairs to sit on, a few magazines?