"*Staff helpful and friendly in ..."
About: Queen's Medical Centre Queen's Medical Centre Nottingham NG7 2UH
Posted by Intensive Care Unit - Streched to breaking point ! (as ),
What I liked
*Staff helpful and friendly in most cases.
What could be improved
Our Baby was diagnosed as having "gastroschisis". This is where the intestine is formed out side the body and so a surgical proceedure is required at birth to correct and will require on average a 3 month stay in internsive care. We found this out at our 20 wk scan. After numerous calls, being left not knowing anything other than what you can find on the internet and 33 scans/ check ups later. Only at week 35 of the pregnancy did we get all the answers to our questions and tour of the fascillity. As it requires specialist people to carry out the proceedure it must be done under control. IE - induced. We were told that we need to call on the morning to see "IF THERE ARE ENGOUGH BEDS" in ICU for your sick baby. This morning we called and were turned away which we were prepared for. How ever now, they are looking at moving us to Sheffiled or Birmingham, or any where that is capable of the proceedure! Nottingham is already a Hour and a half journey and once again we are left again not knowing if accomodation (a room) will be availble for us to remain with the baby, post op.
We have learned that is common practice for staff to have to move babies as soon as they are strong enough to surrounding hospitals to free up ICU space asap as they simply do not have the required funding to cope with the demand.