Just three mums turned away after Poole Hospital boosts number of beds

INCREASED CAPACITY: Maternity unit

INCREASED CAPACITY: Maternity unit

First published in News

ONLY three mums have been turned away from Poole Hospital’s maternity unit in the past six months.

The busy unit, which sees more than 4,600 births a year, recently underwent a £4m refurbishment to increase capacity by 13 beds. It now has 61 beds and birthing pools, with a fifth due to open soon.

A spokesman for the hospital said that, at no time since March has the unit, with the low risk Haven Birthing Suite and the Central Delivery suite, been closed to all patients.

She added: “There are rare occasions when lower risk patients may be diverted to other local units such as the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, to ensure we can maintain capacity for higher risk patients.

“But during the last six months, only three women were diverted to RBH. No mums were diverted to a unit outside East Dorset.”

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12:18pm Tue 12 Aug 14

jill M says...

Many thanks to Poole maternity unit for the safe delivery of my grandson. My daughter in law said that the midwife stayed with her the whole time, and the birthing suite was lovely, we are lucky to have such a good maternity unit .
Many thanks to Poole maternity unit for the safe delivery of my grandson. My daughter in law said that the midwife stayed with her the whole time, and the birthing suite was lovely, we are lucky to have such a good maternity unit . jill M
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1:07pm Tue 12 Aug 14

chrissytanzanite says...

I had my little boy in April all the staff were fantastic I had very high blood pressure I can't thank my midwife enough she was lovely down to earth and funny.they do an amazing job
I had my little boy in April all the staff were fantastic I had very high blood pressure I can't thank my midwife enough she was lovely down to earth and funny.they do an amazing job chrissytanzanite
  • Score: 7

1:46pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Shazzabelle82 says...

Had my little girl there last week & the staff were fantastic, not just in the labour suite but on the post natal ward where I had a 2 night stay. The care was second to none, a big thank you to all the staff.
Had my little girl there last week & the staff were fantastic, not just in the labour suite but on the post natal ward where I had a 2 night stay. The care was second to none, a big thank you to all the staff. Shazzabelle82
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