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Carrying maternity notes in late pregnancy - necessary?

(31 Posts)
Plateofcrumbs Fri 18-Jul-14 18:51:16

Quick advice needed!

I'm 3 days off due date, going out for dinner etc tonight about an hour away from home, 1.5 hrs away from our hospital (but close to other hospitals)

Would you take your maternity notes with you? I really don't want to be bothered lugging them about. Worst case scenario and I suddenly go into rapid labour and end up at a different hospital without my notes, what happens?

WineSpider Fri 18-Jul-14 18:55:45

I would take them with you, but then I'm a just in case kind of person.

Are you driving? Could you at least keep them in the car?

Secretsquirrel13 Fri 18-Jul-14 18:57:32

No if everything has been straightforward and norm. Yes if you have had any ongoing problems.

shushpenfold Fri 18-Jul-14 18:58:38

Take with you....I did and needed them! Keep them in the car.

Plateofcrumbs Fri 18-Jul-14 18:58:51

Nope I'm not driving, will be on public transport in London.

I might take a photo on my phone of the birth plan notes my consultant has written and leave it at that.

PotatoPolly Fri 18-Jul-14 18:59:49

I would definitely take them, no doubt about it! It's not like taking a suitcase or something, it's a4 notes. Hospitals don't keep electronic records- everything is in your handheld notes. I remember at antenatal classes, the MW told us she would send DH or someone else home to get them!

Can't it just stay in the car? Mine stayed in the car alongside my hospital bag from about 35 weeks onwards. Came in handy when we rushed in with pre-eclampsia symptoms at 37 weeks and they said 'righto, you're not leaving hospital, we're inducing you tomorrow' grin

Ah x-post, just seen you're not in car.

Plateofcrumbs Fri 18-Jul-14 20:32:04

I relented and brought the notes after I remembered DH will have a bag with him so I can pop them in there . As much as anything else I was worried about losing them!

MrsGiraffe12 Fri 18-Jul-14 21:05:43

I've taken mine everywhere with me since 24 weeks but I'm having a high risk pregnancy x

squizita Fri 18-Jul-14 21:54:47

I have carried mine everywhere since I got them: I was firmly instructed to do so.
But like MrsGiraffe I am a high risk pregnancy with various specific medical needs.

I can quite easily 'roll' mine and pop them into the bottom of a small-but-not-tiny handbag.

Missingcaffeine Fri 18-Jul-14 23:17:42

Of course they would still see you, but I've read stories on here of mums being given a really hard time about not having their notes - not the best way to start out your labour.

whereisshe Fri 18-Jul-14 23:21:30

I never carried mine, and I was still working until 38 weeks, in London 1.5 hrs from home. But then it was a low risk pregnancy...

FishRabbit Fri 18-Jul-14 23:26:14

Definitely take them. They're really useful... Eg If they take your blood pressure, they can look through and see that that bp is normal for you.

Plus, you know you're low risk but they don't know that, you could have all kinds of information in your past, like crazy medical conditions or have had 98 miscarriages etc etc. Plus, if you take them, they'll be a bit annoying but nothing will happen. If you leave them you will definitely go into labour.

ohdearitshappeningtome Fri 18-Jul-14 23:29:41

You need to take them! If you end up in another hospital they need to know your blood results from booking bloods, ie blood group and medical conditions that cannot be confirmed just by word of mouth!

I think it's pretty irresponsible to travel that far without them

catsofa Fri 18-Jul-14 23:40:49

Sorry to potentially hijack the thread but I'm so confused about why all the info isn't on normal medical records, so that wherever you end up they just punch your NHS number into a computer and it shows it all like it does with every other kind of medical info.

Surely loads of people must lose them or their dog eats them or they forget to take them when they go out for a meal etc.

Am I missing something? I must be!

TheLastThneed Fri 18-Jul-14 23:47:19

I've always wondered the same catsofa.

I was worried about losing mine, so I didn't carry them with me.

ohdearitshappeningtome Sat 19-Jul-14 00:12:00

You can put ina. Number and your results come up.... At the hospital your booked at, it's not
Nationwide :-(

catsofa Sat 19-Jul-14 00:27:13

Why on earth isn't it nationwide? That's insane. The Jobcentre can do it, and surely it would save lives in the NHS? BONKERS.

ohdearitshappeningtome Sat 19-Jul-14 00:30:14

Because the
Nhs is on it's
Knees! :>( sad but true

Bellyrub1980 Sat 19-Jul-14 01:52:30

The NHS has about 50 different computer systems, none of them talk to each other and none of them work very well. Believe me, a centralised nationwide computer system would be amazing but for some reason is considered too costly and too labour intensive to be worth it at the moment. Infact, we may see a move towards hand held notes for more and more patients with different health conditions.

I think the NHS should strike a deal with Apple or Microsoft and get the whole thing sorted out, but I'm living in a dream land!

whereisshe Sat 19-Jul-14 08:58:45

The NHS already tried to implement a national system. It didn't go so well.

Missingcaffeine Sat 19-Jul-14 13:17:50

They abandoned the joining up of NHS computer systems following the financial crisis, as it was going to cost mega money to implement nationally, and they realised the money was no longer there. Getting the legal and security aspects of joining it all up is so expensive. GP's operate as private businesses and our NHS system has moved to a more business like model, so they all have different systems that they are paying for and usually sign up to a software contract for many years that they don't want to break due to financial implications and having to retrain staff. This is one of the downsides of a model that is more like the private sector - it can end up less joined up.

weebairn Sat 19-Jul-14 13:37:13

I took my notes with me after 30 weeks or so if I was going more than a few hours from home or staying overnight. Otherwise, no. But everything was entirely straightforward so there wasn't really anything significant in them. If I'd had complications or a medical condition, I'd have probably kept them on me.

Frizz1986 Sat 19-Jul-14 16:36:24

I always took my notes if i was going anywhere far just in case. Near the end when i went out without the car i used an app on my phone which takes photos and turns them into pdfs. Meant we had really clear images of the whole thing.

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