Hi, I am having a c-section 2nd feb, and was wondering if anyone knew the rules etc on private (side) rooms in NHS hospitals in the UK.
I have had two babies in this hospital before, I stayed two days after with first, and 3 with my 2nd. To put it nicely - it was horrid!
other mums just let their babies cry their lungs out, the mums snored, n were 4eva ringing the bells telling the midwives to sort their babies. (even the ones without sections!!) It was a nightmare.
I cant imagine staying in 4/5 days with that lot going on!! No way would I get any sleep or rest. I am an extremely light sleeper at the best of times, and it takes me around an hour to finally settle enough to sleep. Even my husbands breathing I can't stand lmao.
I have read somewhere u have to pay for some rooms, but others u don't. N some hospitals if u'v had a c-section they dnt let u have one full stop!
Sorry you've had a rough time.
Unfortunately you will almost certainly need to be on a ward post op purely because you've had surgery/are immobile and need to be observed for a while.
More to the point, although you can request and pay for private rooms - this is only if they available, priority is given to keeping them as isolation rooms for infection control purposes, and given the time of year and swine flu epidemics etc, it's unlikely one will be available
If it's a planned section, hopefully you won't be in for that long anyway, I had to stay in for 2 nights for mine
I know in ours they have amenity rooms at £75 a night, nothing fancy but have their own bathroom. There was also one for £200 a night that had it's own tea and coffee facilities...seriously £200 a night! If I have to stay in I might request one for one night maybe just to get the initial rest and privacy but I don't think I would still feel comfortable as it still looked like a hospital room. Nt sure if hubby could stay either, so it would just be for the privacy factor.
I think I will be in abit longer due to my spd, I wont be all that mobile anyway, let alone after the section. My mobility over xmas has become extremely poor. And with two toddlers at home, hospital maybe the best place to rest lmao!
Hi PippaD.. I've read some at 35 quid a night some for 200 so it varies - alot! hope ur ok n spd isnt hurting u too much!!
I just want to sleep n not have all the other womens family round me etc. Although there are rules of how many visitors, no1 bloody sticks to them! Last time one asian lady had around 15 at her bedside, drove me up the wall. N u dont want to complain to the midwives etc, as u have to sleep in same room as that stranger... lol.
When I had my PPROM (waters went at 20.6 weeks) I was put in a private room for about 4 1/2 weeks. There were about 5 private rooms - all with ensuite and they were all taken by people who were on bed rest or in extremely dodgy situation pregnancy wise. BUT if someone came in with more need they would move the person who was in the best condition from the side room onto the ward. I was moved when they had someone come in who needed issolation.
You can find out how much they are by asking the hospital/or your midwife - I know one of my friend friends paid for a room privately for after she had her daughter - don't know how much it cost, she told me once it was expensive though (and they have lots of money).
Being in a side room is lovely - but it is lonely if your there a long time.
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