Many of us have heard about the closure of the consultant led maternity unit at the DGH but not many have been able to experience its effects first-hand. My wife had a complication with her pregnancy and was sent for a scan at the DGH. Following admission to the day unit (where doctors are still on hand to a degree) we were transferred to the Conquest in Hastings. She was blue lighted but arrived safely and a while later we were in theatre where she was given a category 2 c-section. Two paedeatric doctors were on hand to deal with our little girl (as she was premature) where she was transferred to the Special Care baby unit and spent a few weeks under the care of the sisters and nurses.
We cannot praise the staff at both hospitals and the ambulance crew enough. In particular the Special Care baby unit staff (at the Conquest) were outstanding and friendly. Needless to say our daughter is now at home and doing well.
The people I particularly feel sorry for are the staff who have been relocated and I do wonder if there is not some better way in helping them make the daily commute. The council or NHS must be big enough to cough up funds for a shuttle bus for both staff and patients alike.
The staff do a fantastic job and deserve our admiration!
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