"Security and hygiene methods at ..."
About: Princess Anne Hospital Princess Anne Hospital Southampton SO16 5YA
What could be improved
Security and hygiene methods at PAH: I recently had a baby at RHCH where each patient nominated two visitors for the whole stay. This was to help stop the spread of germs during the winter months - they are very strict on this. Also visitors could not enter any ward without using the buzzer. When entering or leaving the building an automated message tells people to gel there hands. In comparison, my son's girlfriend has had a baby in PAH where there appear to be no restrictions on the number of visitors and if there were this was not enforced. More alarmingly, ANYONE can walk into the wards freely. On visiting at 7pm I saw no members of staff along the corridors or at the reception desk. Later at 10pm, my father entered the ward area walking past security guards and was not asked who he was! I accidently walked into a ward where other patients were feeding. What is the point of having baby identification tags if anyone could take them whilst the mother is out of the room? My sister currently has a baby in the special care baby unit at PAH. She was shocked that just a short time after her baby's heart operation a family member arrived unexpectedly, entered the special care baby unit wearing a coat and had not used hand gel. Again, she could have been ANYONE. RHCH special care baby unit has buzzers, coats are left outside the ward and visitors have to wash their hands and use gel. It greatly worries me that babies and mothers are left vulnerable by poor security and hygiene methods at PAH!