Maternity ward at Queen's Hopsital in Romford closed after reaching capacity

Andy Walker has called for the maternity ward at King George to be re-opened

Andy Walker has called for the maternity ward at King George to be re-opened

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A maternity ward was closed for four hours after it run out of beds, it has emerged.

The closure at Queen's Hospital in Romford took place in April and was revealed at a meeting of the Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Trust (BHRUT) board yesterday.

The trust, which also runs King George Hospital in Goodmayes, said the closure was due to reaching capacity, according to Andy Walker, a member of the campaign group Save King George Hospital.

"It was confirmed in public but they refused to tell when it was closed. When I asked them why they had to shut the ward, all they said is they didn't have the capacity to cope," Mr Walker said.

The maternity ward at King George in Barley Lane closed last year as part of a reconfiguration of services, with Queens expected to take on extra patients.

However, there have been concerns over standards of care at the Queens unit and its ability to cope.

Mr Walker called for the trust to re-open the "perfectly good maternity unit" at King George to take the pressure off the Romford hospital.

He added: "Shutting the ward is a disgrace and proves the case to re-open the maternity unit.
"There is not enough capacity and we are faced with a rising population in east London and across the country."

The threatened Accident & Emergency unit at King George was given a stay of execution last month after health secretary Jeremy Hunt agreed to remove the fixed closure date of 2015.

The BHRUT has been contacted for a comment.

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3:37pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Harry J says...

The local Healthwatch patient's group at Queen's hospital says different. Their latest inspection report from April 2014 says this:

"All the staff we spoke to commented on the great improvements since the level of births were capped to 8,000 per year from the previous 12,000. Over and again staff indicated that they felt safer, less pressurised and more able to cope as there is now sufficient staff to deal with the level of deliveries. Staff told us there had been a period where they were all really concerned about the maternity provision being offered because of the pressure they were under but this was no longer the case.
We observed the team working and noted they appeared to be a happy team, working well with each other and interacting positively with patients. We noted that many of the staff had been working with the Trust for many years and spoke very highly of their jobs.

Mums in the ward also don't seem to agree with Mr walker:
"We visited a Mother who had just given birth. She was with her partner and mother. The new Mum said she had formed a very good relationship with her midwife and felt very well supported during the birth. She would give Queens 10 out of 10.
Her partner and mother agreed.
The Midwife said how important she felt it was to build up a good relationship with her Mums and to gain their trust and confidence. She never tired of delivering babies and the job satisfaction was unbelievable.
Post Natal Ward
Mother 1 had given birth 3 days before and was with her partner and mother. This was her first baby. Her baby was in ITU. We asked if they were happy with the care they had received at Queens and they all said that they were. Mum confirmed that the midwife had remained with her throughout her delivery. They also said they were happy with the care they were receiving after the delivery.
Mother 2 - had delivered by cesarean section. This was the lady’s second delivery and she was hoping to be discharged tomorrow. She had been offered help with feeding the baby but as it was her second child and she was fine. Her experience was very good. Her partner was holding their baby and they both said they were happy with the delivery and help they had received at Queens."

My granddaughter lives over that way and is expecting. I think I'll take other mums views above Mr Walkers.
The local Healthwatch patient's group at Queen's hospital says different. Their latest inspection report from April 2014 says this: "All the staff we spoke to commented on the great improvements since the level of births were capped to 8,000 per year from the previous 12,000. Over and again staff indicated that they felt safer, less pressurised and more able to cope as there is now sufficient staff to deal with the level of deliveries. Staff told us there had been a period where they were all really concerned about the maternity provision being offered because of the pressure they were under but this was no longer the case. We observed the team working and noted they appeared to be a happy team, working well with each other and interacting positively with patients. We noted that many of the staff had been working with the Trust for many years and spoke very highly of their jobs. Mums in the ward also don't seem to agree with Mr walker: "We visited a Mother who had just given birth. She was with her partner and mother. The new Mum said she had formed a very good relationship with her midwife and felt very well supported during the birth. She would give Queens 10 out of 10. Her partner and mother agreed. The Midwife said how important she felt it was to build up a good relationship with her Mums and to gain their trust and confidence. She never tired of delivering babies and the job satisfaction was unbelievable. Post Natal Ward Mother 1 had given birth 3 days before and was with her partner and mother. This was her first baby. Her baby was in ITU. We asked if they were happy with the care they had received at Queens and they all said that they were. Mum confirmed that the midwife had remained with her throughout her delivery. They also said they were happy with the care they were receiving after the delivery. Mother 2 - had delivered by cesarean section. This was the lady’s second delivery and she was hoping to be discharged tomorrow. She had been offered help with feeding the baby but as it was her second child and she was fine. Her experience was very good. Her partner was holding their baby and they both said they were happy with the delivery and help they had received at Queens." My granddaughter lives over that way and is expecting. I think I'll take other mums views above Mr Walkers. Harry J
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10:45pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

Harry J wrote:
The local Healthwatch patient's group at Queen's hospital says different. Their latest inspection report from April 2014 says this:

"All the staff we spoke to commented on the great improvements since the level of births were capped to 8,000 per year from the previous 12,000. Over and again staff indicated that they felt safer, less pressurised and more able to cope as there is now sufficient staff to deal with the level of deliveries. Staff told us there had been a period where they were all really concerned about the maternity provision being offered because of the pressure they were under but this was no longer the case.
We observed the team working and noted they appeared to be a happy team, working well with each other and interacting positively with patients. We noted that many of the staff had been working with the Trust for many years and spoke very highly of their jobs.

Mums in the ward also don't seem to agree with Mr walker:
"We visited a Mother who had just given birth. She was with her partner and mother. The new Mum said she had formed a very good relationship with her midwife and felt very well supported during the birth. She would give Queens 10 out of 10.
Her partner and mother agreed.
The Midwife said how important she felt it was to build up a good relationship with her Mums and to gain their trust and confidence. She never tired of delivering babies and the job satisfaction was unbelievable.
Post Natal Ward
Mother 1 had given birth 3 days before and was with her partner and mother. This was her first baby. Her baby was in ITU. We asked if they were happy with the care they had received at Queens and they all said that they were. Mum confirmed that the midwife had remained with her throughout her delivery. They also said they were happy with the care they were receiving after the delivery.
Mother 2 - had delivered by cesarean section. This was the lady’s second delivery and she was hoping to be discharged tomorrow. She had been offered help with feeding the baby but as it was her second child and she was fine. Her experience was very good. Her partner was holding their baby and they both said they were happy with the delivery and help they had received at Queens."

My granddaughter lives over that way and is expecting. I think I'll take other mums views above Mr Walkers.
Mr Walker looks an odd character to represent women's interests and the least likely man in the world to require braces that big to hold his trouser up, he looks about 8 stone.
[quote][p][bold]Harry J[/bold] wrote: The local Healthwatch patient's group at Queen's hospital says different. Their latest inspection report from April 2014 says this: "All the staff we spoke to commented on the great improvements since the level of births were capped to 8,000 per year from the previous 12,000. Over and again staff indicated that they felt safer, less pressurised and more able to cope as there is now sufficient staff to deal with the level of deliveries. Staff told us there had been a period where they were all really concerned about the maternity provision being offered because of the pressure they were under but this was no longer the case. We observed the team working and noted they appeared to be a happy team, working well with each other and interacting positively with patients. We noted that many of the staff had been working with the Trust for many years and spoke very highly of their jobs. Mums in the ward also don't seem to agree with Mr walker: "We visited a Mother who had just given birth. She was with her partner and mother. The new Mum said she had formed a very good relationship with her midwife and felt very well supported during the birth. She would give Queens 10 out of 10. Her partner and mother agreed. The Midwife said how important she felt it was to build up a good relationship with her Mums and to gain their trust and confidence. She never tired of delivering babies and the job satisfaction was unbelievable. Post Natal Ward Mother 1 had given birth 3 days before and was with her partner and mother. This was her first baby. Her baby was in ITU. We asked if they were happy with the care they had received at Queens and they all said that they were. Mum confirmed that the midwife had remained with her throughout her delivery. They also said they were happy with the care they were receiving after the delivery. Mother 2 - had delivered by cesarean section. This was the lady’s second delivery and she was hoping to be discharged tomorrow. She had been offered help with feeding the baby but as it was her second child and she was fine. Her experience was very good. Her partner was holding their baby and they both said they were happy with the delivery and help they had received at Queens." My granddaughter lives over that way and is expecting. I think I'll take other mums views above Mr Walkers.[/p][/quote]Mr Walker looks an odd character to represent women's interests and the least likely man in the world to require braces that big to hold his trouser up, he looks about 8 stone. Villagecranberry
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