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    Hello all

    Im currently 26 weeks and attending the Royal Womens in Melbourne for my care. So far its been ok, its a lovely hospital and everyone has been pretty nice there. The wait times however have been ridiculous and the docs/midwives I have seen seemed in a bit of a rush to get me out.

    Anyway we have recently moved house and now live in the Dandenong ranges, this is a good 1 hr drive from the Royal Womens hospital.

    I am wondering if I should try and change hospitals to either the Angliss or Box Hill.

    Has anyone had experience of changing hospitals in Melbourne? Is it easy? Would you change just due to distance?!?

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    Don't know anything about changing hospitals but I'd steer clear of the Box Hill hospital if I were you. It doesn't have a very good reputation.


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    I haven't changed hospitals but I had my DS at the private section of Royal Women's and I live in the Yarra Valley and it took me an hour and a half to get there in peak hour traffic. If you are happy with the service don't worry about the distance, I made it to the hospital ( I was still in labour 17 hours later) the car ride was a bit uncomfortable because you can't move around but I honestly don't even remember it. I remember telling the midwife how far I was from the hospital and she told me when my contractions were 5 minutes apart to get in the car and come in.

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    I change from the royal women's to country victoria at 38 weeks pregnant. Contact the hospital you want to change to, they will send out a request form to RW to get your records and make you an appointment at the hospital. I found it pretty easy to change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happymum2 View Post
    I change from the royal women's to country victoria at 38 weeks pregnant. Contact the hospital you want to change to, they will send out a request form to RW to get your records and make you an appointment at the hospital. I found it pretty easy to change.
    I have put an online request in with the Angliss hospital in Ferntree Gully and they said they will contact me. I called the number but the woman wasn't very helpful and said to get my GP to refer me?!

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    You are doing yourself a favour by transferring out of the RWH.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alluneedislove View Post
    I have put an online request in with the Angliss hospital in Ferntree Gully and they said they will contact me. I called the number but the woman wasn't very helpful and said to get my GP to refer me?!
    I registered online with Angliss, they were very slow to contact me and then gave me the wrong info etc. it was all a big mess and i ended up transferring by booking to Box Hill. I've been into Box Hill several times already with complications with my pregnancy and they have been really lovely, very helpful, very thorough, and always very promt (even in the emergency dept., i've never even got to sit down and wait, they rush me in every time). Another lady in my Due-In group has transferred to Box Hill too and very happy. I know two women who have delivered there (one this year, one last year) and they both would go back again for next births.

    If this is your first bub, you could probably risk a long drive rather than transferring. First bubs are usually a fairly long labour. However, my second bub only just made it to the hospital and that was only a 6min drive! Lol. So we're going with a close hospital this time!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubbles10 View Post
    You are doing yourself a favour by transferring out of the RWH.
    Can i ask why? Did you have a bad experience?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Crow View Post
    I registered online with Angliss, they were very slow to contact me and then gave me the wrong info etc. it was all a big mess and i ended up transferring by booking to Box Hill. I've been into Box Hill several times already with complications with my pregnancy and they have been really lovely, very helpful, very thorough, and always very promt (even in the emergency dept., i've never even got to sit down and wait, they rush me in every time). Another lady in my Due-In group has transferred to Box Hill too and very happy. I know two women who have delivered there (one this year, one last year) and they both would go back again for next births.

    If this is your first bub, you could probably risk a long drive rather than transferring. First bubs are usually a fairly long labour. However, my second bub only just made it to the hospital and that was only a 6min drive! Lol. So we're going with a close hospital this time!
    Thanks for the info.

    Can I ask how they transferred and their reasons?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alluneedislove View Post
    Can I ask how they transferred and their reasons?
    She transferred because she was moving house and Box Hill was closer. Dont know how she did her transfer, but for me it was just thru the central booking phone line (since Box Hill and Angliss share management). So if you have already done the online register, just call them up and say you want to switch to Box Hill. The lady i spoke to was much easier to deal with than the lady from Angliss!!
    Last edited by steel magnolia; 05-09-2013 at 13:58.


 

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