"My experience of ante-natal care at Tameside General"
About: Tameside General Hospital / Maternity care Tameside General Hospital Maternity care OL6 9RW
Posted by shamoo (as ),
Due to experiencing slight bleeding at 28 and 31 weeks, I attended the antenatal unit twice to be checked over. On the first occasion I was kept in and spent the night on the Ward.
I have to say that overall my experience was good, it's our first baby and as my husband works away I was scared and the nursing staff and Doctors were lovely and reassuring.
My reason for writing this is that I was concerned by something I witnessed first hand. I was sat on my bed on the ward when the cleaner came around, I watched as she wiped the window ledges, the retractable tables over the beds and then to my horror, she began wiping down the plastic incubators at the side of the beds, all with the same cloth without rinsing or using any type of cleaning fluid.
I'm not an expert on MRSA and the spread of infections but I can't imagine that this practice is one which supports the regular use of hand disinfecting which you are constantly reminded of around the hospital. I wasn't at all surprised to hear that the hospital had a problem with MRSA after I left.
Our baby is due in 3 weeks time and my bag is packed, complete with my own cleaning wipes and disinfectant, I'm not prepared to take any risks, my other choice of hospital is Oldham...