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I'm currently in Dubai but planning to return home for my delivery. We live in Windsor and i'm not sure how to pick the hospital to deliver at... Since i have insurance my mother feels the Portland would be the best choice but my SIL is concerned its too far from home. Would really appreciate your feedback. I know its early but would like to start thinking about it at least :s

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Hi Maha

I can't comment on the Portland, but would definitely recommend somewhere as close as possible to home. Chances are you will be in for a number of days and relatives will want to visit - you will probably want them there to help out also. My hospital was only 10 mins from home and this worked really well as DH could pop and get things I had forgotten.

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Hi Maha

I agree with Karenanna. I havent been to the Portland but I was in for a week and needed dp in the day to help me out, plus wanted to see him. He came in twice everyday and brought things I needed. Good luck
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thanks for your replies... any idea how i can find out about hospitals within that area that have the intensive care facilities the babies may need? Is it SCBU or NICU? i tried searching and found Ashford Hospital but that can only handle deliveries from 32 weeks and another says they only have 4 incubators ... obviously not so great if the hospital is busy
 

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Hi maha,
I'd try and speak to your local surgery and get the midwifes number, call them and try and 'pre-register' and discover where the best consultant/special care units are in your area.
We were initially with the Portland, but our Obstetrician packed up when I was about 32 weeks, and recommended another guy, who in turn suggested we move to the private wing at St Thomas's. They have much better facilities for prematurity or anything else, and we were glad we made the decision. And any insurance doesn't always cover for babies conceived via fertility treatment (check small print). If the babies had needed any help at St Thomas's, they'd have been in the NHS part where they have all the experience. Special care at the Portland (5.5 years ago) was £1000 per baby per night (and I wasn't convinced it would be the best option for the babies, even if I'd be in my own room with edible food ;-))
Good luck wherever you go!
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Thanks Janice. will try and get in touch with them... problem is i never got round to registering with them before moving here :s Will look into St Thomas's... looked into Kings and you have to live within a particular postal code to deliver there. Does that only apply to NHS treatment? Also, how would my insurance know that the babies have been conceived through fertility treatment? Does the doctor tell them?
 

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Hi Maha

I searched on Netmums when I was looking to see what other people thought of my local hospitals - here is a link for East Berkshire and hospitals near Windsor - http://www.netmums.com/listings/PREGNANCY/east_berkshire/125////

I think you will need to be registered with a GP and they then refer you - not sure how it works if you go privately.

Karenanna xxx

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Hi Maha ^hugme^

With out doubt try and find somewhere with a well equipt NICU (usually used for babies pre 32 weeks or with problems) or SCBU (post 32 weeks who are well but need to establish feeding). I am a big fan of large teaching hospitals that have all the skills to look after you and your babies if needed. I have to say having worked in the NHS (I work in Intensive Care and recovery) and in private sector (intensive care and recovery too) I am not a fan of private hospitals and would always opt for NHS for anything major or for any care for my children. Problem with private hospitals is the poor medical cover overnight (usually one Registered Doctor on site and an on call team who are at home ) and their inability to deal with any major complications. Plus, call me old fashioned, but if I was ill or bleeding I would like to be in full view of everyone and not tucked away in a nice room where people who could help me can't see me. We all hear bad things about the NHS but to be fair, when the poo hits the fan I wouldn't be anywhere else. Without doubt they saved my boys lives. All NHS hospitals have private wards / rooms so you can go private in an NHS hospital if you want which is a MUCH safer option and as a private patient you can pick which one you have them at

I would look at the actual hospital websites that are near to you and see what they offer, then go and have a look for yourselves ;)

Good luck xx

PS I would avoid the Chelsea and Westminster. I had an awful experience there with Sam when he had NEC. Twice I had to flag up problems with him to the Nurses which they had done nothing about. All I can say is I never felt able to leave his side there and thanked God I was an ITU Nurse. Not impressed at all!

However I know St Georges has a fantastic reputation as does Guys and St Thomas This site may also help http://www.nhs.uk/Scorecard/Pages/Results.aspx?OrgType=5&Coords=1759,4966&TreatmentID=0&PageNumber=1&PageSize=0&SortType=1&LookupType=1&LocationType=1&SearchTerm=SL4+3SJ&DistanceFrom=50&SortByMetric=0&TrustCode=&TrustName=&DisambiguatedSearchTerm=&LookupTypeWasSwitched=False&MatchedOrganisationPostcode=&MatchedOrganisationCoords=&ServiceIDs=&ScorecardTypeCode=&NoneEnglishCountry=&HasMultipleNames=False&OriginalLookupType=1&ServiceLaunchFrom=&Filters=&TopLevelFilters=&TabId=31 xx

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Hiya, I'm booked in to the Portland to have my twins by ELCS. Their NICU and SCBU are v well equipped and it's v rare that they ever have to transfer babies, and when they do it's almost always with something they know is coming up from the scans etc.

It's almost 2 hrs from us with traffic but I chose there cos my H needs to be at home looking after our toddler, so I need all the post natal support I can get. I had my son there and basically you press a button and people appear.

I'm afraid I have to correct the poster who said allNHS hospitals have private rooms available. Sadly that's not the case, and even when there are rooms, they're often used for isolation or stillbirth mums. You can't always book them in advance and they don't give you additional nursing support, just a bedroom to yourself.

There are a few hospitals, all in London apart from
Watford General, which have private wings. They are: St. Thomas's, C&W, Paddington Lindo Wing (currently being refurbed) Kingston, and Queen Charlottes. All of them will supply you with quotes for the kind of birth you want. I picked Portland because that's where my obs practices and cos I was there before, I know what to expect.

Hope that helps!
 

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I don't want to enter into a pro / against thing here as that wasn't my point really. The point that I was (probably badly) trying to make was that where ever you choose to go, if you go private,  look around and ask the right questions.  Is there an emergency team in the hospital 24/7 or do they get called in from home which can cause a delay? What emergency cover do they provide should there be a issue with your labour, and what if it happens at night? What age do they take prem babies from should a problem arise and when would they transfer out? (there is an excellent London Neonatal transfer service that takes babies to specialist hospitals if needed, one came for Sam) Also can you get there quickly if needs be (I know you have the 999 option if your labour was happening quickly) You also need to consider travelling if you are discharged home and the babies are kept in NICU or SCBU (it may not happen but it could as it's twins so the pre term issue is a possibility). At one point I was going from Worthing to London, so a 2-3 hour trip 4 weeks post c section - not fun at all! If you have an elective section it may well be possible to book a private room in a NHS hospital but obviously this is subject to demand on the day and there may well not be one available. The same applies if you go into labour naturally.

There are some good and bad private Hospitals out there and I'm sure the Portland is one of the good ones judging by their website and facilities they offer, but you do need to dig beneath the surface to see what they actually offer medical care wise and look at your circumstances. Then if you feel they are a safe option for you and your little ones then go for it. Unlike abroad where private HC tends to be the better option (I use to live in China where you wouldn't be without it!) in the UK it isn't always the case.


Good luck and here's hoping everything goes as planned as I'm sure it will (I am aware that I'm in the minority twin group who have had complications which makes me more wary, and that most twin pregnancies go near to term, as planned and everything is fine ;) )


xxxxxxx
 
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