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How much is an nhs private room?

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Due to have baby no5 in less than 2 months and thinking of asking for a private room if one is available.

Never considered it with my other dc, but with dd4 my curtains were constantly being opened by mws whilst i was trying to breastfeed making me feel very uncomfortable as there were visitors there for other mums & it was my first time breastfeeding so wasn't at all confident in doing so around men especiallyconfused
Luckily a couple come and closed them for me as they could see me blushing one time but i was very angry the mws devalued my privacy!

I was also on a ward with 4 c-section mums, complaining of pain & getting painkillers whilst i was left with nothing through my excruicating after pains that i had with having had my 4th baby & the ladies babies were all night cryers, poor mums had to buzz for help as they were still bed bound.

How much money roughly do these cost ? Not exactly rich so a good idea would be helpful, tia smile

Freshnclean Sun 17-Nov-13 09:21:22

Hi I believe it's about £100 per night from what I've heard from friends. Apparently if there's none available at the time you can't have one even if you've booked hmm

sdaisy26 Sun 17-Nov-13 09:23:17

In my hosp it was £80 per night for a private room but you couldn't book in advance or anything - just had to ask when you were there & could have a side room if one was free. I was lucky & got one for my second night (first on ward was horrendous like you describe) and am still waiting for them to send the bill (dd born July 2012!)

Featherbag Sun 17-Nov-13 09:25:31

Do you only have the choice of 1 hospital? My local hospital only has private ensuite rooms in the maternity unit, I'd be looking further afield if this wasn't the case.

sara11272 Sun 17-Nov-13 09:26:25

I asked for (and got) a private room when I had DS - I said at the time I was happy to pay for it and was told 'they hardly ever actually bill you' - this was in 2006 and like Sdaisy I am still to get a bill! But I don't think I could have booked it in advance.

TakingTheStairs Sun 17-Nov-13 09:27:43

A room on the private ward in st Thomas's in Westminster is about £650 a night

Beccadugs Sun 17-Nov-13 09:32:42

In our local NHS hosp the private rooms (4 in total) are called amenity beds. It's £120 for the ensuite double and your DH/P is allowed to stay. The other three rooms are £60 and are standard side rooms.

Like others have said you have to request them post delivery and can only have one if the are available. I will be requesting the double and hoping for the best.

All the info was in the NHS trust website, might be worth looking there!

PickleSarnie Sun 17-Nov-13 09:33:48

I got one for free. Didn't ask for it. Hospital was v busy and I guess it was all that was left.

Second time round I had a homebirth though so was guaranteed a free private room! With ensuite and decent coffee available!

PartyFops Sun 17-Nov-13 09:43:55

I paid£180, they took my card details, only asked because I had to stay the night before dd was born and was desperate for a good nights sleep.

Although I went in there at 7pm, then waters broke at 9pm, was taken to delivery suite until 5am when I returned with dd. they cleared my room but I still got charged! Never did get that good nights sleep!

But, you can't book in advance as they are often used in difficult circumstances.

LittlePeaPod Sun 17-Nov-13 09:44:22

Marking my place as I am hoping to boom a private room too.

Thankyou everyone, homebirth isn't possible for me (bmi 37).
My hospital is in the South of Kent, i will ask for one should i need it after the birth as like you say it won't be bookable, loving the fact i may never be billed for it smile!

Was hoping to go home within 6 hours of birth but considering with my last 4 i ended up in from between 1 & 2 days i suspect it will be the same this time. Was mostly down to peads not being available to check over babyconfused

Inglori0us Sun 17-Nov-13 10:22:22

I was told it was £160 a night but I was never billed for it although a friend staying in the same ward was billed. The room was lovely, like a hotel room, but dh could not stay overnight. I definitely think it's worth it to get some peace and quiet after the birth.

Bambamb Sun 17-Nov-13 10:25:47

I had no idea you could do this! I thought you just got what you're given.

TheGatheringDark Sun 17-Nov-13 10:37:07

Think I paid £80 a night, DH stayed on a camp bed and I had my own shower.

There are some rules/conditions set down by my local trust:
can't be pre-booked
there is no guarantee there will be a room available
you can't have a private room if you had a C section or need any monitoring/medication that differs from standard things (you would be more easily forgotten if you're in a side room)

It was worth every penny! Own little kettle and hairdryer, private shower and loo and DH staying over (not in that order!) made a massive difference to our first few days as parents, and I hated the three nights I spent on the ward before I went into labour-noisy, no privacy and the midwives refused to enforce the rules about being quiet at night and having a maximum of two visitors per bed, or the visiting times, so the lady next door to me was on her phone rowing with her boyfriend all night, or being visited for hours by up to eleven people, s they pulled my curtain back to give them more space hmm Bastards.

Totesamazeballs Sun 17-Nov-13 10:49:57

It depends on where you are. Ours makes you pay for 3 or 4 nights up front which is somewhere in the region of 450 and they redund you what you don't use....unless you end up being in there a week because you baby is ill....that certainly cost us a small fortune.

Hollyjokes Sun 17-Nov-13 11:27:06

I asked for a private room after I'd had my DD and was more than willing to pay for it but the hospital was so busy that there were none available. There wasn't even a bed for me on the postnatal ward at first so I stayed on the labour ward until a bed became available for me (DD was about 12 hours old at this point!)

If in Kent, have you considered Pembury - all the rooms in the hospital are ensuite.

I don't drive penbury so i'm unfortunetly stuck with my local hospital which is 15 mins away by cab. Looked on their website but cannot find out anything about private rooms. It is the Qeqm in margate

I meant charlie sorry x

SomethingOnce Sun 17-Nov-13 12:05:27

St Thomas' offer NHS patients postnatal care on the private Westminster Maternity Suite for £950 per night shock

Totesamazeballs Sun 17-Nov-13 12:19:19

Flip! You could have a nice room in Claridges for that!

Jeez something could have a holiday for thatgrin

Cariad007 Sun 17-Nov-13 12:29:02

TheGatheringDark, that is so rude to draw your curtains back. The nerve of some people!

ScottishDiblet Sun 17-Nov-13 12:35:15

I spent one night on the post natal ward at st Thomas' and another night on the private ward and it was absolutely the best money I have ever spent. We had discussed it pre birth and agreed it was too expensive but I was very poorly after I had my baby and the pn ward was a nightmare for me so we (ahem, I) made the call to go private. The care was phenomenal - they taught me to breast feed, taught us to care for our daughter, let my husband stay on a camp bed in the room and looked after us all beautifully and sensitively. They also served incredible food!!

curiousgeorgie Sun 17-Nov-13 12:45:21

I paid £150 per night. (Epsom).

It was an okay room, they had nicer ones for £250 pn but didn't tell us until the day we left!

I swear by one. Hate wards.

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