"Mixed bag of maternity care at Russells Hall"
About: Russells Hall Hospital / Maternity Russells Hall Hospital Maternity DY1 2HQ
Posted by Antorzac911 (as ),
Triage were very good - I was in and out a number of times. Nurses and midwives on the triage ward were lovely.
I was finally admitted onto labour ward at 39 weeks. I had severe oedema, bad headache, blurred vision, high BP and protein in urine. For 3 days I was on the ward, heavily pregnant, feeling dreadful and being told numerous times I was about to be induced, only to be let down due to the maternity department being 'too busy'. During this time I was surrounded by other women in labour, obviously making it impossible to sleep and get rest.
Finally after 4 days I was induced and luckily went on to have a healthy baby. I am however disturbed by the fact that I was left for so long despite being ill. I have since come to believe that both my own and my baby lives were in danger.
The midwife who delivered my baby was fabulous. So it was a mixed bag really. There is no doubt the staff are busy and work very hard, however when its your baby or your life at risk it isn't a good enough excuse.
I am currently pregnant again and a little worried, however realise that perhaps I need to speak out in hospital in order to ensure that I receive the care needed.