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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.

Sounds lovely scottishsmile if only my finances would stretch that far, the food is grim at my hospital. For breakfast it is either cereal or bread with butter & jam, no toast.
Lunch is dinner, a choice of few main meals such as cottage pie, but taste rank with jelly for pud or some odd tasting strawberry mousse thing. Dinner time is sandwichesshock
I tend to send dh off for outside food if i'm lucky that he hasn't gone home to help dm with dc or fetch nappies etc. To drink is tea/coffee when offered, or water from a jug (chlorine tastingconfused)

The food i can deal with, it will only be a night or so but what i'm not looking forward to is being put on a full ward of c-section mums again with crying babys, gas & air & strong painkillers whereas i'm having afterpains (nearly as bad as labour) yet ignored! And my curtains being pulled back for fresh air whilst i try to breastfeed amongst tons of visitorsconfused, as it will really put me off breasfeeding if it happens again.
And i would also like some sleep if my baby allows before going home to my noisy household lol.

I can only afford £100ish & even that is a push, but for my privacy it will be worth itsmile

Inglori0us Sun 17-Nov-13 12:58:55

I'd definitely do it again (even though they never billed me last time). Having a private shower & loo is a great help, and it was very quiet at night.

TheDoctrineOfWho Sun 17-Nov-13 13:06:54

It does vary, as do facilities ,eg own bathroom or shared between two etc) so ring your hospital and ask.

jellyandcake Sun 17-Nov-13 13:16:16

I went to an nhs birth centre - private ensuite rooms with a bed for husband/partner as well. Free! I stayed nearly a week and loved it! Is there a birth centre near you?

Hi jellycake we do have a midwife led attached unit which apparently has ensuite but i'm unsure as yet whether i'll be allowed to birth there as bmi above 35 is frowned on & is a no, no. Midwife is unwilling to discuss birth options as of yet, i'm 33 weeks, she says she may weigh me right at the very end to see if i'm elegible. Moved docs surgeries this week & will be having a new mw so hopefully will get an answer as to whether birthing at the mlu is an option. My previous births were natural with no problems but i weigh 7lb more than when i had dd4 putting my bmi at 37.

CatchesTheNightTrain Sun 17-Nov-13 13:29:37

£85 a night at my trust. You can't prebook however and one can only be offered if available and the needs if the other patients/women are suitable for bays.

For example women who have babies on the NNU are often given private rooms in my trust free of charge.

Ask your midwife who can best advise on your local hospital.

CatchesTheNightTrain Sun 17-Nov-13 13:34:51

Our MLU is for women with a BMI of under 35 at booking. End BMI is irrelevant as you're effectively measuring the BMI of 2 individuals.
We do reweigh our women as excess weight gain (above. 20kgs) would also mean unsuitability for the MLU regardless of their booking BMI.

However you have the right to request a consultation with the consultant midwife to discuss your wishes. She/he would go through the relevant risks etc and if you still wish to go ahead would give you the green light , so long as you take responsibility for any events that occur as a result of the risks as discussed - if that makes sense?

That is at my trust and I would assume your own trust could offer the same consideration.

I recently looked after a women on the MLU with a booking BMI of more than 39, she gained less than 10kgs in her pregnancy and went via the consultant midwife to have access to the MLU .

Hope that helps? Good luck with everything!

Thankyou CatchesThe that explains it much better than my midwife was doing, thankyou for the wellwishessmile

We paid £80 and it is the best £80 I have ever spent, ever. My own shower and loo so I didn't have to carry my jug of wee back from the ward toilet (wasn't allowed home til I'd done 400ml of wee) and my own shower. No one else's visitors watching me trying to breast feed. Bliss. I think I'd have paid £800 if they'd asked me to!

CatchesTheNightTrain Sun 17-Nov-13 13:48:13

You're very welcome. I'm a pregnant mum of 3 as well as a midwife so completely understand, oh and I also have a raised BMI (36) :-)

I'll be speaking to our consultant midwife to go to the MLU as I've had 3 nice normal uncomplicated births so far, the last in the MLU. Damn that 4lb weight gain since my last pregnancy taking my BMI over 35!!!

givemeaclue Sun 17-Nov-13 13:52:10

Had own en suite room for 4. Weeks due to complications WWas free but he paying think was 35.

Nursee007 Sun 17-Nov-13 14:00:53

In my local hosp they are £60 a night, tiny, hugely overheated, but QUIET, which is brilliant. I was in for 3 days so it was a godsend.
HOWEVER, if you have had a c section, or need to be kept an eye on, they may well not let you have one, as they are often a way away from the nurses station.

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!

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.

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

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!

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!

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.

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

Oh mine wasn't ensuite but still worth it!

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

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

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.

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.

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!

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.

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

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'!

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.

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

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

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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.

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!

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.

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

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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