"Most horrific care given in the birthing centre"
About: Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital Cramlington NE23 6NZ
Posted by Beth Margetson
I was in a few months ago having my baby boy and was disgusted at the care I received both during my labour, but particularly after. What's the point in spending all that money on a new posh hospital if you don't put enough staff in it to care for the patients?! Once my baby was born I was told to get up and have a shower but offered no support to help me do so and was then transferred to the post natal ward where I was ignored for the rest of my stay.
After leaving hospital I was diagnosed with an infection which I put down to the poor hygiene within the ward. I discharged myself after 1 night as I couldn't bare it any longer and knew my partner would give me better care than any qualified member of staff; at one point I waited over 4 hours for the paracetamol I asked for, just hours after giving birth.
I also received no support to help me breastfeed my baby, and this was my first born so I had no idea what I was doing wrong myself. If I hadn't of been determined to feed him myself then it would have been easier to just give in and give him a bottle as it was more convenient for staff on the ward.
I chose to go to this hospital as I expected a high level of care after seeing it all over the media etc for so long; well in my opinion they shouldn't have shouted about it as it was the worst care I've ever experienced and wouldn't go back there if you paid me. I have since heard similar stories from other women so if there is any pregnant ladies out there thinking of going to the birthing centre at this hospital, don't do it!!!!!!!