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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

Completely agree mim rest is never considered for postnatal mum's, it would be nice if we all got a rest before going home to our families.
I think rest is completely overlooked due to the overstetched nhs, maybe they should bring nurseries back so atleast mums could have an hours kip.

Stevie77 Thu 21-Nov-13 10:22:38

Mim I think your last para is correct. I intend to be a massive PITA this time around.

Just because it's NHS, I don't think we should be treated this way. And I'm not being precious or think post natal patients are more important than others. It's the general attitude, that puts the patient needs at the bottom of the list.

Mim78 Wed 20-Nov-13 22:40:29

I felt sorry for the c section mums too - I don't understand why they are left to take sole care of the babies when they can't even stand up! Why is there no rest period allowed?

I think they deliberately put as many Mums as possible as close together as possible (so filling up one ward/bay first before using the others if it's not busy) so that it's easier to keep an eye on everyone. I don't think the Mums' need for rest and quiet comes into it tbh.

Mim78 Wed 20-Nov-13 22:36:37

I'm hoping to pay for one too. Have a feeling it's £250 at the hospital I'm going to, but don't care! Also can't book in advance.

With dd1 I was in a ward with about 10 other women (they've built a new hospital now so it would only be a bay of 4). One woman had had an emcs and was screaming and moaning all night in pain. I think she had mental health problems though. Of course the other babies woke all night and cried - not the fault of the Mums but with 10 or more babies in the room was a nightmare.

Also remember midwives pulling back my curtains all the time for no apparent reason, while the person next to me was for some reason allowed hers shut as much as she wanted...

katatonic Wed 20-Nov-13 22:24:34

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Inglori0us Wed 20-Nov-13 14:41:46

I think it's a bit unfair how much the cost varies from hospital to hospital. Ours was £160 2 years ago so I bet it's gone up by now. It's a lot of money, especially if you're in a few nights.

TheGatheringDark Wed 20-Nov-13 13:27:19

Katatonic-they gave us a sheet about private rooms, costs (different for ensuite and shared shower/bathrooms) and facilities as part of our maternity unit tour, and showed us the different types of room. Definitely ask if they don't mention it!

Stevie77 Tue 19-Nov-13 16:32:53

I really wasn't replying to any comment in particular but thank you for your kind words. I guess my point was that noisy, inconsiderate people exist regardless if how they gave birth.

I do however think they should try and think a bit more when placing women in the post natal ward. I'm sure when I was in it wasn't even that busy and I really needed the rest and to get better.

katatonic Tue 19-Nov-13 16:28:51

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Spirael Tue 19-Nov-13 16:22:25

At my local hospital I inquired about this a few years back ahead of DD's birth. I was told that if there was a room available it was £80 per night that needed to be paid up front. But, in the event that someone deemed more needing of the room arrived then, you could be kicked out at any time of the day or night and would not be refunded. shock

FloJo151 Tue 19-Nov-13 14:18:11

I was another c section first time mum! I had a horrible time on the ward. there was only 4 of us but 2 of the others had babies in scbu so I was soooo conscious that my baby crying would upset them and that they needed their sleep in order to be able to visit their babies that I didn't turn my light on at night when ds needed feeding as I didn't want disturb them! I remember the 2nd night trying to lean over the cot trolley to change ds ( as we were told that we couldn't change them on the bed and that the midwives weren't on call to change nappies) without the light on s as not to disturb the others and he just weed/pooed everywhere and I was in agony standing up! Whne I eventually gave in and pressed the buzzer the midwife told me off for being too considerate and that I should have buzzed sooner as id had a section.

I kept asking for a side room but there were none available so I signed myself out a lot earlier than I should have done as I just couldnt cope in that environment.

BlackholesAndRevelations Tue 19-Nov-13 13:59:18

My mention of c-section mums wasn't meant to be negative, either. I just mainly felt sorry for them as they explained that their babies were crying and so unsettled due to extremely traumatic births. I hated the feeling that i had to keep mine absolutely quiet so she didn't wake theirs up. By the way the babies weren't crying because they weren't 'cared for'!

Sorry stevie didn't mean to make my post sound so much against c-section mum's. I think my experiences were caused by the lack of care, ie babies being left to cry whilst mum's are still numb and hooked up and mws ignoring my pleas for pain relief. I don't blame the mum's at all x

Stevie77 Tue 19-Nov-13 10:03:34

I feel I have to stick up to c-sectioned mums here!

I was put in a room of four after my v traumatic emcs, with another c-sectioned mum. She was lovely, v quiet and respectful. Cared for her baby, who did not scream or cry, as was mine.

When she left they brought in 3 regular birth ladies who were the noisiest, loudest, most inconsiderate bunch who's babies cried and cried at all ours. I couldn't wait to escape even though I was unwell and should've stayed. Couldn't bear it, it was hell on earth.

I totally forgot about the private room option by that point but fully intend to ask for it this time if I can.

Littlebean13 Sun 17-Nov-13 23:12:35

Wow thanks for posting this thread. I'm due in feb with dc1 and I never knew that you could do this! Reading all the positive comments I'm 100% going to enquire about private rooms at my hospital!

dimdommilpot Sun 17-Nov-13 22:57:08

When i had DD in 2010 i think they said it was £40 a night but if a special case came in i would have to leave (and still pay) I asked after she was born but there were non available. I will be asking again this time.

starfishmummy Sun 17-Nov-13 21:51:37

Other way round when I had ds - the side rooms were used for people who had had c sections so I got one flr free! Still had to share bathrooms and have the same crap food though.

BartBaby Sun 17-Nov-13 21:06:16

I dont even think my hospital has private rooms?! Definately worth asking my midwife!

BlackholesAndRevelations Sun 17-Nov-13 18:48:06

Oh mine wasn't ensuite but still worth it!

Christelle2207 Sun 17-Nov-13 18:43:49

We paid £75. Couldn't be prebooked. The room was small but ensuite and definitely worth the money. Was same ward as everyone else and same care, just a side room.

valiumredhead Sun 17-Nov-13 18:30:31

12 years ago it was 30 quid a night,I expect it's approx 100 now but I'd happily pay it, wards are awful!

Coveredinweetabix Sun 17-Nov-13 18:29:21

I had one after DC2 and it was the best £160 I've ever spent. Like others, it couldn't be pre-booked and you were only allowed to use it if you'd had a straightforward birth & your DC was fine. It was so worth it. Being able to walk to the ensuite without worrying about whether I was dripping blood, being able to sit in bed with my boobs hanging out etc. There were cheaper rooms without a bathroom but that seemed to defeat the point! I wasn't allowed in until they'd taken my credit card details. It was the only thing they were at all efficient about!

BlackholesAndRevelations Sun 17-Nov-13 18:11:35

Oh and the other mums getting their pain relief every four hours 24 hours of the day woke me up and all the other random noises.... So wish I could persuade dp to have a home birth sad

BlackholesAndRevelations Sun 17-Nov-13 18:09:49

I had one for dc2, £80 and well worth it. I had much the same experience as you, pumpkin, with the screaming babies of c-section mums. Plus a poor woman who was constantly hooked up to the double breast pump (noisy!!) plus a husband who came to visit at the crack of Dawn before going to work. When my dd cried I was terrified she'd wake up the others as they'd finally stopped crying. Was bloody awful. I hope I get a private room this time. Or a six hour discharge.

rallytog1 Sun 17-Nov-13 16:48:03

£40 a night in my hospital, although like others they couldn't be pre-booked. I insisted on having one, as I'd had a botched emcs and dd needed transitional care from the nicu. I wasn't going to take no four am answer, and I don't think anyone was going to argue with me after the mess the surgeon made of me!

However we've never been billed for it. Although I'll happily pay if they want me to as it was so so worth it.

Moral of the story: don't be backwards in coming forwards. If you think you'd benefit from a private room, don't be afraid to ask, and keep on asking until they say yes!

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