"My long stay and fantastic care throughout"

About: Alexandra Hospital / Maternity care

(as the patient),

I was under the diabetic clinic(gestational ) at the Alex for my 4th pregnancy. The care throughout the pregnancy was excellent. I was seen every other week by the diabetic team and midwives.

I was due to be induced at 38 weeks due to insulin dependent gestational diabetes. A growth scan at 36 weeks showed my baby in a transverse lie and I was admitted there and then to ward 15 for the next 2 weeks, due to the concern of early labour and cord prolapse.

I was given my own room and the care I received was excellent. Every single midwife I saw was excellent and they all looked after me so well.

Each day both me and my baby were checked and that was such a comfort as my previous 2 pregnancies had ended in miscarriage.

I 'celebrated' my 42nd birthday on ward 15 prior to my baby's birth. A cake was sent from catering and happy birthday was sung to me. Due to gestational diabetes I was unable to eat the cake, but catering made me a special sugar free trifle.

I was scheduled for a section on Tues 3rd September and everything went smoothly and my little girl was born at 9. 55am weighing 7. 4.

All the staff during to procedure were excellent and the care I received back on ward 15 was excellent.

There was a student midwife called Lousie who looked after the 2 days after my baby's birth, she was excellent and will make an excellent midwife.

My stay in total was 19 days and strange as it may sound, I enjoyed my stay. I was looked after so well by excellent caring staff.

I felt I had to write this as I am horrified that there is talk of the maternity services closing and being moved elsewhere. This will be an absolute tradegy for The Alex to lose the maternity services.

The staff here should be rewarded for the way In which this department is run and should be allowed to continue to look after future mom's and babies.

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Response from Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such fantastic positive feedback about your time with our Maternity team at the Alexandra Hospital. Congratulations on the safe arrival of your baby girl born on 3rd September. I hope you are recovering well from your caesarean section and your little girl is doing well too.

Positive comments are always so greatly appreciated and are always fed back to our staff. Hearing you enjoyed your 19 day stay with us, including your birthday on maternity is wonderful as we endeavour to give the highest standard of safe care to all our women and their families.

Your feedback will be given to all staff and to the student midwife you mentioned in your feedback. I would just like to say again a really big thank you for taking your time to leave us such wonderful feedback and all of the maternity team on delivery suite, theatre and Ward 15 wish you and your family all the best.

Kind Regards

Lin Ward, Senior Ward Sister

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