The head lines on the national news this morning are reporting that Addenbrooke’s hospital has been rated as “Inadequate” by the Care Quality Commission. The birthing unit at the Rosie Maternity Hospital is singled out for particular criticism.
This news feels very close to home. Addenbrooke’s is my local hospital located about 10 minutes drive from my house. I have a number of friends who work as nurses there. The hospital is part of my families story and my life has been changed a number of times within its walls.
It was in the scan department that I saw my daughter for the first time. I was so relieved and amazed that I was really going to become a mum. It was in the same scanning suite four years later that I heard the completely life changing sentence “Are there twins in your family?”
My daughter was born in the birthing unit after a safe natural labour. I put my total trust in the midwives and they gave me exactly the care that I needed.
My twin pregnancy was complicated and I spent many hours at Addenbrooke’s having fortnightly growth scans to check for Twin to Twin Transfer Syndrome. Regular tests picked up that I had a potentially dangerous infection which was treated with antibiotics. My twin boys were born by planned c-section and spent their first 7 days of life being tube fed and closely monitored on the Lady Mary Ward (part of the Rosie Maternity Hospital).
I’ve had two trips to the A&E department with the kids.
When Sam was about 5 months old he developed a dangerously high temperature and was floppy and unresponsive. The staff brought his temperature under control, did a number of tests, fed him through a nasal tube and kept him in overnight for observation. It was a very scary experience and I was so relieved when he rallied quickly.
Leo recently had a fall and split his head open. We had a long wait in an A&E department that was inundated with patients on a Saturday night. Leo was checked for complications and had his wound surgically glued back together.
Rolando was also treated in A&E after being knocked off his bike by a car (more surgical glue required). I’ve had a possible abnormality with Sofia’s eyes investigated there. The boys have had scans taken on their hip joints to check for development problems. I had physio therapy sessions after my twin pregnancy to help my body heal.
I want to say a sincere thank you for the excellent care that I have received at Addenbrookes hospital and send a virtual hug to the people that are working hard in the face of rising demand and staffing shortages.
There are people at Addenbrooke’s that have made a real difference to me and my family in the life’s pivotal moments. Addenbrooke’s was there for me at the beginning of all my children’s lives. I know that not everyone will have had the same experiences as us and that there will be serious issues to examine and improvements to be made. However I feel strongly that there was nothing inadequate about the level of care that I have experienced and for that I am truly grateful.