"RSCH Postnatal ward"

About: Royal Sussex County Hospital

Brilliant overall - one thing that could be improved is more nappy changing tables in the post-natal ward. Ended up changing baby on a mat on my bed which was not ideal or very hygienic.

More and bigger showers with more hanging space/surfaces to put things. Tricky to use a small shower space with little storage etc just after giving birth.

Also, a small point, but it was hard to get my breakfast as I had to carry it down the corridor and could hardly walk, and also had to leave baby as could not carry baby and breakfast and walk down the corridor..a small thing really but made me feel uncomfortable at the time.

But great otherwise.

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Response from Royal Sussex County Hospital

Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback and I am delighted to hear that your overall experience on our postnatal ward was a good one. We welcome feedback on how we can improve the ward.

With regard to the shower facilities, unfortunately we are restricted on space and would not be able to facilitate your suggestion of more and bigger showers. However, your point regarding the space and lack of surfaces for toiletries in the shower cubicles is noted and I am already on the case to resolve this.

The provision of changing tables in the bays is rather more difficult. Firstly, again, there is an issue of space . Secondly there is the issue of hygiene and keeping them clean with different parents using them. We usually suggest that the babies are changed in their own cot, which is safe and they can be cleaned and the bedding changed, very easily.

I am sorry that you had to walk to get your breakfast, whilst you were still finding it difficult to walk. Our policy on the ward, is for the ward hosts to offer to get breakfast for women who do not feel ready to do so themselves. I will ensure that the midwives know to communicate this clearly to women, so they do not have this same experience.

Thank you, once again for your comments.

Pip Andrews Lead/ Postnatal Midwife”

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