"The staff on the delivery ward ..."
About: Royal Oldham Hospital Royal Oldham Hospital Oldham OL1 2JH
Posted by MB (as ),
What I liked
The staff on the delivery ward were excellent and I can't praise them enough- midwives and doctors alike. They were friendly, explained everything clearly taking into account the situation. When I was moved to Maternity 1 ward, again the midwives were great, but clearly understaffed. Two midwives were on duty covering a ward with around 36 beds.
What could be improved
The staffing levels on the Maternity Ward. As the midwives were so busy, you felt reluctent to ask for help or even ask questions, which as a first time mum made me feel rather alone and overwhelmed. Also one of the Nursing Assistants was not going to allow my husband to visit despite it being 10 mins after visiting time started. Fortunately one of the midwives stepped in and made her see sense then told him where my bed was.
A new maternity unit is all well and good, but the trust need to ensure that this is properly staffed. Despite the excellent midwives I would be reluctant to chose this trust if I had another child until the staffing levels are improved and more importantly, are safe