"Mixed caesarean experience at Tameside Hospital "

About: Tameside General Hospital / Maternity care

(as the patient),

I went into Tameside Hospital in early November for a planned caesarean section due to a partially low lying placenta. During antenatal checks I was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia. The response of staff on the antenatal ward was very good and my caesarean was undertaken immediately. The staff in theatre were fantastic - very efficient and caring.

My experience soon changed on being placed on Ward 27 on my second night. I am a first time mum who had had pre-eclampsia and a c-section, yet I was barely helped with feeding or caring for my baby. Hence the reason why he lost 11% of his birth weight. On my third night, I rang the buzzer for assistance but I was asked to get up in future and go to the nurses' station.

This was all very upsetting. I was kept in hospital for 4 nights as I had high blood pressure. This wasn't monitored regularly though. I also had to keep getting out of bed to ask for my medication and to ask for my BP to be checked. There are lots more incidents I could write about.

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Response from John Goodenough, Director of Nursing, Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Thank you for posting your experience on the website. I would be grateful if you could contact the complaints department on 0161 922 6024 so that your concerns can be investigated fully as the care you describe is not what we aspire to at Tameside Hospital.

Kind regards

John Goodenough

Director of Nursing

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