About: North Manchester General Hospital North Manchester General Hospital Manchester M8 5RB
I ended up being booked in for a c section as it was discovered that my baby was breech when I was a week overdue. I'd looked round the bluebell centre and had every intention of using this fantastic facility but it wasn't meant to be! I found the staff who undertook the surgery to be absolutely brilliant, the surgeon did a brilliant job in that my wound healed quickly and my scar is minimal. I did feel a little neglected by the midwives when on the main post labour ward - some seemed quite abrupt and unfriendly even though I was a first time mum, exhausted from having an op and zero sleep, and not really sure what the heck to do with this little person I had just given birth to! At one point I was told off for not wearing my compression socks but then no one came to put them on! They also seemed to be late in coming round with the pain relief drugs which was frustrating when I was in so much pain. But they were clearly short staffed and tending to lots of patients, and I guess I learned a lot from having to just get on with it myself, even though I was in a lot of pain from the surgery. I only had to stay in two nights so was really glad to get home. I have to say I really enjoyed the food, was great to be able to select from a varied menu and it was really tasty! I must give special praise to the nurse in the maternity assessment unit. She counselled me through the shock of having to have a c section and was so lovely with me and my hubby even though she was working 12+ hour shifts! I then had to return to hospital several times to resolve an issue with my rhesus anti d injections, and she treated me mostly. She gave me lots of tips on caring for and feeding my baby, more helpful than the midwives! She is just wonderful and an absolute credit to her profession. Thank you so much!