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"Amazing staff working in difficult circumstances"

About: Fiona Stanley Hospital / Antenatal Clinic, Birth Suite, Maternal Fetal Assessment Unit, Obstetrics and Gynaecology Unit, Wards 3B, 3C, 3D, 3DO, Visiting Midwife Service

(as the patient),

Gave birth to baby here last year... Didn't have major complications during pregnancy but birthing was where it all went wrong with multiple complications... I am grateful to all the staff (doctors, nurses, midwives, catering and cleaning staff) that helped me during my stay here and may have probably died if the complications went overlooked.

I seem to have acquired a reoccurring infection from the hospital that my GP can't seem to work out which took me a long time to come to terms with.

In my opinion, the hospital is severely underfunded, staff are overworked and underpaid for their work due to the political nature of public healthcare. I did not know it at the time but from my admission and subsequent research, it seems apparent to me that this hospital and probably many others are not getting the funding it truly needs to provide optimal healthcare.

I believe doctors, nurses and Midwives on the ward are severely overloaded with patients, and a shortage of beds seems to be a reoccurring theme.

I feel midwives giving conflicting information also made it difficult to build trust for the patient who has no clue on caring for a first newborn. This coupled with sleep deprivation made it hard to make an informed decision on caring for a newborn.

Overall grateful to all the staff here for the work they do is amazing whilst, in my opinion, putting up with things outside of their control, keep it up.


Response from Paul Mark, A/ Executive Director, Fiona Stanley Fremantle Hospital Group, Fiona Stanley Fremantle Hospital Group 2 weeks ago
Paul Mark
A/ Executive Director, Fiona Stanley Fremantle Hospital Group,
Fiona Stanley Fremantle Hospital Group
Submitted on 08/01/2021 at 14:56
Published on Care Opinion on 12/01/2021 at 10:42

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Dear gammawh73,

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback about our service on Care Opinion. We value all feedback – we get to hear about when we do things well but also get to learn about where we fall short of community expectations.

The Doctors and Midwives are very busy in our birthing suites and maternity ward and do work really hard to provide the best care to the families that access the service.

At certain times we do experience surges in activity, but this is something which we are well experienced at rectifying to ensure it has a minimal impact on the service that we offer.

As every woman does need individualised care it is common for midwives to create individualised care plans all based on the best evidence available. We apologise if this made it difficult to build confidence to care for your first newborn.

I do hope that caring for your newborn has become a bit easier since you have been at home and we extend our congratulations to you at this very exciting time in your lives.

Best wishes,

Paul Mark

A/ Executive Director

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