I have to say, so far I’ve been quite impressed with the level of care I’ve received here in North Wales compared to Leeds during my first time with AJ! Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t have a BAD experience in Leeds but it did leave some to be desired. That said, what you don’t know won’t hurt you – I didn’t know I could get better service so I didn’t see it as lacking – but I’ll never forget that my appointed delivery hospital told me they were full when I was ready to give birth, that was just mind-blowing…
Some of the benefits I’ve found here so far –
- Since the start of my antenatal appointments I’ve been assigned to one midwife so I’ve gotten to know her and she knows me so I don’t have to worry about what one midwife said over the other, there’s a lot of consistency and she knows my history. The only time I’ve seen a different midwife was when mine was on holiday and she told me when so I was aware. In Leeds, I never met the same midwife two appointments in a roll, so I never connected with anyone and it was always professional and straightforward appointment, no nice chats or anything.
- I’ve found everyone I’ve dealt with to be more thorough and willing to go the extra mile, a great example is the extra growth scan appointment I had just to be sure – not sure this would have happened in Leeds unless it was a pretty extreme case, especially as I’m not classed as a high-risk pregnancy.
- They are a lot more thorough here. I had a number of blood tests done in Leeds while I was pregnant and was told I had a low blood count so went on iron supplements – quite normal during pregnancy really. However, when I did my blood tests here turns out I have a ‘unique’ blood type which might be seen as anemic but it’s not! Based on all that, they decided to do a blood test for hubby to see if he had the same blood type or not (Leeds never took hubby’s blood while I was pregnant). So I actually didn’t need the iron tablets and how they missed that back then is beyond me.
- Free drug prescriptions and medications all year round, whether I’m pregnant or not! Who can complain about that! In Leeds I was only entitled to this for a year during my pregnancy. I even heard that sometimes the Wales hospitals offer free pregnancy vitamins as well! Apparently, I missed that because I’m not high risk though…
- I’ve always gotten quick and courteous service from everyone I’ve dealt with here, can’t say the same for Leeds though…I think one of the reasons for this is because we’re out in the country so it’s a much more relaxed atmosphere with fewer patients, so the staff take the time to get to know people better, as opposed to Leeds city centre which was always busy and possibly understaffed too! That said, when we moved out of Leeds city centre the service did improve a bit.
All in all, its been a great experience so far in North Wales and I’m praying the great service will continue down till birth, post-natal care and health visits too! And if it doesn’t you’ll definitely hear about it… 🙂
What’s your healthcare experience been like where you are? Do share in the comments below!
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