"Husband restricted by visiting times after the birth of our baby"

About: Rotherham Hospital / Maternity care

(as the patient),

When I was pregnant I had a pelvic problem, the midwife before the birth was great. I was 9 days overdue and in agony so I went to the hospital to be induced.

I waited 5 hours to be induced and by the time they began the process it was the end of visiting hours and my husband had to leave so I was left in labour on my own.

The midwife gave me a shot to help me sleep without explaining that is was diamorphine which meant that I was unable to have it during labour. I was left on my own a lot and when the some of the nurses came in to check on me they read my magazines. I was told to walk around and take a bath but I could not do either of these as I was in so much pain because of my pelvic floor disorder.

When I was in labour the midwife was great but they did not tell me that they had put an emergency paediatric alert on my baby because I had been put on codeine whilst pregnant and my baby may have had withdrawals from the pain killer. I had actually stopped taking the codeine before the birth as it stopped being effective.

After the birth my partner was still only allowed on the ward at certain times. I realise they couldn't just have open visiting but I don't see why they cannot have a bay where partners can stay. I couldn't move after the birth and I had to get strangers to pass my baby to me as my partner wasn't there. It seems that the hospital was trying to push bonding with your baby, 'breast is best' etc but my husband, who was a much a part of it as me, was restricted by visiting times.

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Response from Angela Eyre

Thank you for sharing your story on patient opinion, we have forwarded your comments to Rotherham District Hospital and as soon as we have a response back we will post again.

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Response from Rebecca Allinson, Associate Director, Corporate Relations, Rotherham Hospital

Thank you for feeling able to share your feedback with us and we are sorry that your experiences were not what you would have hoped for.

As the issues you mention are so specific we can't really make any general comments here but if you feel able, we would like to talk to you in more detail about your care. You can do this by calling Patient Services on 01709 307646.

With regard to the general concerns about visiting times and the lack of facilities for your partner to stay with you, it is true that there is currently nowhere on the ward to allow partners to stay but this is something we need to address with future planning for maternity services. Visiting times are in place but partners are allowed to visit for longer than other family or friends (12.00 - 19.30) and flexibility is allowed at staff discretion.

If you would like to discuss things in more detail though, please give us a call and thank you again for sharing your comments which have been passed on to the teams in the delivery suite and B10.

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