My wife and I have just found out that we are expecting our first baby. We saw our GP yesterday who wanted to refer us to Hillingdon, but we were a bit apprehensive as I have heard some horror stories. Truth be told I don't think any hospital is perfect but I wanted to know what all your thoughts were on Hillingdon vs NWP vs Watford General?
Any help would be appreciated as we have to make a decision by this weekend.
Antenatal care was pretty good, postnatal was as expected (not great, but nowhere is). I liked the "individual" focus it tends to have- e.g. You don't get a huge epidural dose, you get what you need so that its effective but you're still mobile (quite an unusual but very effective approach). Staff were just lovely and if the shit hits the fan (as it did with us) then they were swift, kind, professional and just wonderful.
I researched it very, very thoroughly (I'm an NHS worker and have access to data on quality and patient safety through work) and Hillingdon came out on top by quite some way. However I last researched it in 2014 so any comparisons may well have changed since then.
Personally I wouldn't touch NPH with a barge pole, but a friend delivered there twice and says it's fine. But their published data isn't great- too many re admissions, unnecessary c sections and a poor patient:midwife ratio all put me off.
I'd recommend looking at the Board Papers from each Trust, especially their quality/safety reports. Have a read and see what you think- a lot of it will be RAG rated so you can clearly see what is good and what is bad. Obviously not everything will be applicable but you'll be able to get a feel for the Trust