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    Hi ladies,

    I know this is an old thread but I am hoping I can get some feedback from anyone's experiences at either Liverpool Private Hospital or Liverpool Hospital (private patient). My hubby and I are trying to conceive for the first time and there is a possibility that if we're lucky soon I may be due late December very close to Christmas so I'd just like to know what these hospitals are like during this time of year? I have PHI and would prefer to use a private obstetrician that delivers at either of these hospitals but am concerned no one will want to be available so close to Christmas! Any recommendations on good obstetricians in the area would also be greatly appreciated!

    Many thanks


    Quote Originally Posted by Bay View Post
    Leensgal congratulations!

    My baby decided he didn't want to be a December baby either and was born on 30th nov.

    The day i went into labour was the day my ob went on holidays (at week 38), but his backup did make it on time ... As soon as he broke my waters, baby was born in 3 pushes. I have to say the midwives in both the delivery and maternity ward were excellent. I just cannot fault them.

    i had a normal delivery so didn't pay anything further besides the delivery (which was covered by medicare and phi). And apparently i will be getting the $954 for 3 nights' shared accomodation hospital stay i paid refunded as i can claim it on my phi.

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    Hi Luckykit! Bay and I were both at Liverpool Hospital and both were due in December although both bubs were too eager to enter the world
    I also have PHI however only the very basic so they only covered me as a private patient in a public hospital, hence the Liverpool Hospital stay. I did not have a problem at all and thought the midwives were great! especially in the birthing suite! When I got to the ward, the nurses were also great, they were not in your face and was helpful whenever I asked for help. That's exactly how I wanted it. In saying that though, I don't feel I was really "shown" how to do anything with the bub.. no one showed me how to latch the baby, bath the baby, change the nappy properly without affecting the stump etc It wasn't a big deal but I thought the feeding part may have played a part in how bad my baby's jaundice got. I will however definitely go back there for next bub, as a private patient again. At least next time round, I'll know what I need to do.

    As far as OB's go, I went with Dr Fulcher. I thought he was fantastic, very down to earth and sympathetic and I would highly recommend him. He didn't make me feel silly for being paranoid about little things during my pregnancy Dr Fulcher was off the weekend bub decided it was showtime. Dr Hamill was on shift, but he had to attent to someone at the private hospital so by the time he came back to me, bubs head was already out. The midwife delivered my baby. So all the money spent for the OB really only went to the care during the pregnancy in the end.

    Just be prepared that the docs are on a roster on the weekends.. this is something I had also come across on a different thread so I believe it has always been the case.

    Any other questions, just ask Good luck xx

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    Thank you so much for all of your feedback! I do have PHI and am covered to go to Liverpool Private should I chose to but I have been told they are less resourced and understaffed especially in December and their birthing facilities are not as good. I am just trying to plan ahead and am a little nervous as it will be my first time so I just really want to have a good experience regardless of which hospital. I have a lot of friends who have used both of those doctors and were all happy with them but they have all given birth at Liverpool Private so it's quite reassuring to have your feedback regarding the Public hospital :-)

    Being a private patient did you get your own room?

    I have heard about the roster thing and this doesn't really bother me as I would just still like to receive that pre-natal care and hope to have a very natural and low intervention birth as much as I can help it :-)

    Thanks again for your very helpful feedback!

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    I'll let you know in 9 weeks

    I'm going in as a private patient in a public hospital under the care of Dr. Hammill and although he's not much of a talker at all, he's ok. To be honest, I don't know if I would use him again as I really think he needs to talk more and not be so cold, but in saying that, when he does crack a smile, he can be really lovely. I went with him as we a missed miscarriage in February last year and he knows my history and knew my extreme fears with this pregnancy. He's been quite good at calming my craziness

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    Thanks for your feedback on Dr Hammill, I have seem him for a gyno appointment and he seemed ok. Good luck with the remaining 9 weeks of your pregnancy! I look forward to hearing about your experience at the public hospital and with Dr Hammill

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    Hi luckykit,

    sorry for the late reply - i had forgotten about this thread! I can't believe my boy is 5 months old today already. My answers are below, hope they help.

    I found liverpool public fantastic. We decided early on that we were going to a public hospital regardless, because they would have all the equipment and specialists on hand, just in case we need it. During the final week of pregnancy, i noticed that bub was not moving much at all. As soon as i raised it with my ob, he booked me in for an in-depth ultrasound and monitoring on the tummy belt thing that checks baby's heartbeat (sorry, don't know the term) within the hour, at the hospital. The equipment looked really new and high tech, with a big screen for me to see. And the staff were really patient and understanding. Like they were genuinely there to help and not just carrying out their job description, if you know what i mean?

    I found the staff great, personally. From the guy in emergency who wheelchaired me up to labour ward, to the midwives at delivery, and the ones at maternity. At the labour ward, They were respectful of my decisions, never pushy, and allowed me space to get on with it. They still monitored me and bub regularly, which was good. I really like how they let you know what they are about to do to you, before they actually do it.

    the midwives at the maternity ward were busy. But they had a checklist and that ensured they got around to you with important things like taking your temperature, blood pressure and any medication. Leensgal is right that they don't realky have time to be there for you in a comprehensive way, like how to bathe, how to bf. although, maybe because they know it's my 2nd that they didn't think i needed the help?

    I was lucky to get my own room with a bath and it was really good, as i've seen some of their shared rooms with 4 beds and it was really cramped. Oh and you have to collect your own meals ... You know it's meal time when they ring the bell lol.

    My ob was dr. Brian hollis but he was on holidays, so his backup, dr ming yoong, delivered my baby. He did his job adequately. The midwives did most of the work/monitoring, as the ob only showed up in the last 10 minutes or so before baby was born. He was gentle though and definitely not pushy. My experience with dr hollis is that i found him personable and he doesn't rush you at your appointment. He's placid and explains things well, so it had a calming effect on me, which was helpful as my last pregnancy ended in miscarriage, and then they kept picking up 'markers' on my ultrasounds. But it all turned out well.

    i hope that was wnough information there for you. Let me know if you have any more questions

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    I know this is minor, I'd also like to add that the parking at liverpool public is shocking! Oh and also, make sure you give your phi details to admin, even if you have basic cover. Don't pay for it all upfront, even if you are entitled to get it back, it could take months for them to get around to it!

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    Hi Bay!

    Thanks so much for your feedback, every little bit of detail is a huge help. We are not pregnant yet but I want to be prepared for when the time comes!

    Were you happy with Dr Hollis? If you don't mind me asking would you mind PMing me his management fees?

    I have full obstetric PHI but I'm not really fussed if I end up going to Liverpool Public although I will be covered for Liverpool Private if I chose to go there. I just want to know that I will have the best care and reassurance when in labour in particular as I'm really scared about this prospect!

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    Hi luckykit, i tried sending you a pm, but it failed due to privacy setting. I have the fee schedule typed out for you, just let me know when i can send it

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    thanks Bay, should be ok now to send if you want to try again and let me know :-)


 

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