Robin has pointed out the recent stories of bed shortages at UHW (University Hospital, Wales - Heath), which, as we all know, is no new problem. I was unfortunate enough to be at UHW - in the Maternity Assessment Unit - on one such day.
I am currently 18 weeks pregnant and have Hyperemesis. What's that I hear you ask? Sorry, Google can tell you, I'm sick of explaining it! I needed IV fluids due to dehydration and therefore needed to be admitted and that meant I needed a bed. Oh dear! There aren't any!
Anyway... the main point of this post is to discuss the recent news that a mother recently lost her unborn child due to staff at the UHW MLU (Midwifery Led Unit) sticking to their 'protocol' instead of listening to a mother 'in-the-know'.
The mother's name; Katrina Giles. A mother who had lost a son to placental abruption (again, Google) and so knew how it felt when something wasn't right and, more importantly, went to ask the 'professionals' for help, only to be let down.
The Echo article says:
Ruth Walker, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board’s executive director of nursing, said: “We extend our sincere condolences to Katrina and her family at this difficult time.
“As they are aware we have undertaken a full investigation into the issues they have raised and shared our report with Katrina.
“We have had discussions with Katrina and will continue to have on-going discussions with her and the family in relation to our findings.”