I live in London but am due to go to my SIL's wedding 3 days before my due date - how do I go about looking up which are the best maternity units in the Coventry area in case I go into labour over that weekend and obviously can't get back to my hospital in London?
hi, i was born in coventry and as far as i know its in the walsgrave hospital, although this may have changed as now live in the south, u could try the nhs website as they normally have a guide to all maternity units.hope this helps x
not til october but we're off to see SIL in a few weeks so wanted to do a bit of research in case I can do a tour of one or btoh or a few of the hospitals - just in case!! so weird to be planning my birth at my hospital knowing there's a chance i could end up in the midlands!
I know this is a few days old but just wanted to say that I had DS in Coventry. The hospital there used to be Walsgrave but has recently become Coventry and Walsgrave University Hospital (or something like that). They have been merging with another hospital and a lot of the place is a building site but the maternity wing was one of the first bits to be redone so when I had DS in 2005, it was just about brand new.
I found it good, the labour suites were nice, a large room with a large beanbag in and space to move around, with a bathroom with full bath between two labour rooms with lockable doors. The wards are pretty standard but the newness helps I think. I was pleasantly surprised by the hospital and if I hadn't moved since then would happily have DC2 there.
I am sure that there are those who have had bad experiences though, like everywhere.
How do you define Coventry area? There is also the George Eliott in Nuneaton and of course there is Birmingham.
As far as Nuneaton is concerned though my high risk obstetrician from Oxford told me in no uncertain terms that I should have my next babe in the Walsgrave not the GE (I have just moved to Bedworth, between the two)but that is due to complications at my son's birth.
Depending how quickly your labour goes you may actually be able to make it back to London as long as you leave straight away, it is not that far.
The main hospital in Coventry (which includes the maternity unit) is the University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire. It opened about 2-3 years ago, prior to this the "old hospital" was called the Walsgrave Hospital. (Walsgrave is a district of Coventry)
The George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton is 10-15 miles away. Contrary to popular belief Coventry is not (imo) particularly near to Birmingham - it is about 20 miles away. If you found yourself in labour in Coventry your first thought would probably not be to get to Birmingham. (in rush hour on the M6 it could take a significant amount of time).
I had dd2 in the "new" hospital and had excellent care; however I have heard mixed reports.
agree with lollipop as to travel to Birmingham. You wouldn't really. Plus, it's not as if there are any accessible hospitals that way anyway that are far superior to what's available in Coventry, they all have their ups and downs.
Heard good things about Warwick - has newly decorated rooms, all with birth balls, and a pool which tends to be empty fairly often. They have a virtual tour online. 2 friends recently delivered there and spoken very highly of it - which is a relief as I plan to "pop" there soon!