About: Croydon University Hospital

What I liked

During a horrific 48 hour labour I encountered 2 lovely midwives out of the 5 I had looking after me during this time.

What could be improved

Everything. The staff (with the exception of 2 midwives) are just awful, they dont seem to have any empathy for women in labour or new mothers, even though this is a time in life that you probably need the most support.

The Doctor assigned to me barely spoke to me at all, chosing instead to converse only with the midwife.

I was also encouraged to have an epidural when they decided to give me a hormone drip, I wasn't given the option to try it without and they failed to tell me that having an epidural drastically increases your chances of having to have an assisted delivery.

I wasn't even lucky enough to have an assisted delivery as the aneasthetist decided to remove my epidural in favour of a spinal block which he didn't perform successfully, therefore rendering me unable to birth any way other than c-section under general anaesthetic.

My husband wasn't allowed in the room and I was unconscious for the birth of my daughter. I may also add that at no point during my labour did my daughter's heart rate drop so she was in no immediate danger.

The post-natal ward was just as bad if not worse, being made to feel like a pain in the neck when you buzz for help from a midwife.

All in all my experience was horrific and I would strongly advise anyone against delivering here.

Anything else?

I complained to the Trust Board and received a completely unacceptable condescending response, making me feel like the complaint had been completey over-looked and ignored.

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Response from Croydon University Hospital

We are so sorry you had a difficult time when you gave birth to your baby and apologise for any distress caused by this poor experience. We aim to treat everyone with kindness and respect and its clear you did not feel that when you were with us.

if you would like to contact our head of Midwifery to talk through your concerns and your unhappiness with the response to your complaint she would be happy to speak to you. Just call the main switchboard number 020 8401 3000 and ask for the Head of Midwifery’s office. Someone will take your details and call you back.

We encourage anyone who has had a bad experience to make a formal complaint. You can do this online (https://www.croydonhealthservices.nhs.uk/SSL/Feedback-Form.htm) or by calling the team on 0208 401 3210.

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