"The post natal gynecology consultant ..."
About: The Whittington Hospital The Whittington Hospital London N19 5NF
What I liked
The post natal gynecology consultant care (i.e., 6 weeks post delivery) was excellent, and actually began to resolve some of the issues I had encountered and develop a treatment plan for me.
Although the antenatal ward was filthy, the kitchen area for preparing baby formula was spotless.
What could be improved
I gave birth at the Whittington. Worst experience of my life. Prenatal care was dreadful. On going into labour, my case notes were ignored, doctors and midwifes did not communicate, delivery was dangerously mishandled, midwife tried to deny pain relief. Luckily, baby and I lived, which is the best you can hope for, I suppose.
Post natal care was utterly appalling. The ratio of women and babies to midwives on the antenatal ward was so low that it was very dangerous. Women were denied pain relief required, doctors were paged but did not show up.
I believe that the maternity services at the Whittington were exposed on "Dispatches" a short time after my experience, and some services have been improved - for example, I understand that midwife to patient ratios are no longer as dangerous.