"Pleasant but funding needs to be spent in waiting..."

About: Lister Hospital

What I liked

The midwives.

What could be improved

Reading that the hospital has been granted a lot of money for improvements it would be nice if some of this money is put into decent seating in the Bancroft Suite.

The seats in the Bancroft Suite are quite old, very low down, very few have armrests and one can feel the wooden frame through the old padding.

As a pregnant woman it is hard enough to get out of a low down chair. It appears that no thought has been put into what kind of seating would assist a heavily pregnant woman who needs extra momentum to get ouf of a low down chair.

Seats that are wide, well padded, at a decent height and have arm rests for extra leverage would be beneficial. Also, as the women in this suite usually have to wait for quite a long time, the upholstery should not be overly plastic.

As I have only two months until I give birth, I doubt that I will see any improvement in this suite but it would be nice if someone reviewed the seating.

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Responses

Response from Lister Hospital

Many thanks for your feedback, which we will make sure is seen by the maternity team. Just one small point of information that we can give now - due to our strict infection control procedures, all seating in clinical areas need to be wipeable so hence the covering materials used.

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