I had all 3 of mine at Tameside, prenatal care and labour wards were fantastic. The postnatal wards/care was a bit crap and I couldn't wait to get home each time, I was home within 48 hours after each C Section. I think locally Tameside has a better reputation than Oldham.
No thanks! We live near Tameside but we have opted to go to St Mary's even though it is further away. St Mary's have been brilliant with me and have better reviews on all the sites I have looked at. It's also a brand new building with better facilities.
Tameside is one of only a few hospitals on special measures and recently had a maternity nurse suspended for a prolonged period of drug misuse on duty.
If you can get to any other hospital I would definitely consider it.
I think Tameside is alright for maternity (although failing in many other depts) DH was an anaesthetist there for a while and thought the care was good enough. I was a junior dr at Oldham and did obs there- it was a well run unit and I enjoyed it although I've heard from some mums that they did not enjoy their experience there.
Ps whatever your mw says you are not tied to tameside or oldham. It might be more administrative faff (for mw!) to go elsewhere but essentially you go where you want to. Only exception is when maternity departments close to non-local patients due to being too busy. However I know that at Stockport this is very very rare.