"need more caring staff, really disappointed"

About: Princess Alexandra Hospital / Maternity

I had an emergency c-section at 33 weeks in August, when I arrived at 9am I explained that my waters had broken and was asked 3 times if I was sure (this is my 3rd baby) and had to wait until test had been done to be believed, I was then told I would be taken to theatre shortly for c-section as I'm high risk, staffing levels were short and patient levels high so I then had to wait until 6pm to be taken down, by this point I was ready to push! After I came round in recovery I felt a lot of pain and explained to the lovely midwife who checked and found my catheter had fallen out! They quickly sorted out a new one and drained my overfull bladder, I was kept on labour ward for 2 days after birth, this was upsetting as my baby was in nicu and they didn't even take me to see her, I had to wait for my disabled partner to take me round to see her, labour ward also wouldn't let my 14 year old daughter visit me, I had to request my pain relief drip was removed so I could go off ward to see her. when I eventually got taken to Sampson ward they were under staffed and my recovery was set back by lack of pain relief, I ended up getting my partner to bring in some just do I felt comfortable enough to walk round to nicu unit to see my baby, I was so glad to be discharged after 4 days. I only met a couple of nice staff and felt like I was a nuisance the rest of the time even though I was taking care of myself. I will be taking issue with hospital as this is just a brief toned down discription of my stay. Nicu unit were amazing a took great care of my little one and me, they deserve an award of recognition

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