"Pleased with maternity staff"

About: Darlington Memorial Hospital

What I liked

I had my first child, in my first hospital stay at the Darlington Memorial Hospital. Our care was handled very well by the staff. My husband and I are so grateful to the consultant and staff who assisted with our child's birth, helping to bring him into the world safely. The midwives, assistants and also the student staff on the postnatal ward were wonderful - kind and patient helping my baby and I with breastfeeding. I had intended to have my baby at the Midwifery-led Unit at Bishop Auckland, but circumstances dictated that DMH became necessary, and despite initial concerns about giving birth in hospital (busy, impersonal care), my expectations were exceeded by the caring staff at the DMH.

What could be improved

My only criticism could be of the hospital food. It may well be the best that finances and circumstances can provided, but some of it was less than appealing.

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Response from Darlington Memorial Hospital

Dear Anonymous,

Thank you for providing feedback on your admission to the Maternity Ward at Darlington Memorial Hospital in May 2012.

I am very pleased to hear that you had a positive experience and that you are happy with the care you and your son received.

The Trust is grateful for all feedback, positive or negative, as it means we can better understand what is important to our patients, and your kind comments and information about the food will be shared with the relevant staff.

Thank you for leaving your comments on NHS Choices.

Patient Experience Team

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust

Tel: 0800 7835774

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