"Lincoln County Hospital Maternity Services"
About: Lincoln County Hospital / Maternity Lincoln County Hospital Maternity LN2 5QY
Posted by Baby2013 (as ),
We went for a tour of Lincoln County Nettleham Ward and Labour Ward. First impressions weren't brilliant.
The HCA came into the room, didn't even say hello and just launched into a speech about visiting times and how strict they were. We looked around Netteleham ward, the standard wasn't great. It is dark and honestly looks very shabby and like its falling apart. It certainly doesn't feel welcoming or relaxing. We went to labour ward. Again the standard seemed less than optimal. Some things were very concerning. Quote from a midwife " you can bring your own drinks in....we do try to give you refreshments but sometimes we just forget" A lady asked if it was easy to get an epidural. She was told that it depends how busy they are. That women who've had epidurals need more looking after so if they are busy she was told it wouldn't be fair to them or the lady for them to have one. I work in the NHS in paediatrics and know sometimes it can be difficult to get an anaesthetist but that was just shocking. Basically it sounds as if you can't have an epidural if they are too busy because they won't have time to look after you more closely. Analgesia should not be dependant in how busy they are it should be based on whether the patient needs it!
We were also told to expect pain but it's ok because you get something nice at the end. Everyone knows it hurts but it doesn't mean it's acceptable.
We were shown where we could get extra baby linen if we needed it. It was disgusting. It was obviously all washed and pressed but is so old and tatty that it just looks dirty, faded and shabby. Why would you want to put your new baby in that? They need to seriously invest in new white clean looking baby linen.
We left the tour feeling panicked, an oppressive feeling to the place. We are changing hospital and absolutely not having our baby at Lincoln County. You don't want to be in labour and dreading going to the place to give birth.
The unit needs replacing, the standards, set up and decor are not acceptable. Terrible experience and wouldn't even consider going there.