"My partner still upset after several months"

About: Tameside General Hospital / Maternity care

(as a relative),

After being induced, my partner was moved into a ward due to lack of space, which we were OK with. Once contractions started we were advised to have a bath which we did and my partners waters broke during the bath. I sought assistance and was told "no, she's not in labour, I should know love". We were then left alone again.

My partner was in great pain and the midwife then reluctantly checked to find that she was in fact 6 cm dilated. They laughed at this and went to fetch gas and air. They came back after some time laughing and saying someone has moved it and no one can find it. Eventually we were moved to the delivery suite.

As my partner was induced, the contractions were constant with no gaps in between. The midwife decided she needed Pethadine, even though it was late on. The babies heart rate slowed too much so a doctor was called. Forceps were tried by a very rude lady who shouted at my partner and thrust a form for her to sign even though she wasn't able to do so. I had to stop the bed being dragged across the room as she was pulling so hard. She was constantly saying "this is a waste of my time, she's not trying".

I was then pushed out of the way with water spilt over me and told she's going for an emergency c section and a doctor is driving in as the baby isn't well. Blue overalls were thrown at me and I was left in a toilet to get changed not knowing what was happening. The rudeness of some staff left me furious and my partner still upset after several months.

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Response from Lindsay Stewart, Deputy Director of Nursing, Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

Thank you for taking the time to post your comment, without specific details it is really difficult to comment on this situation. This is not the standard of care we expect for our patients. If you would like to get in touch, we will be able to look at the concerns you have raised. Please contact Anne Haggerty (Matron) on 0161 922 6078

John Goodenough

Director of Nursing

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