Our 'interesting' call of last night was a maternataxi. What, I hear you ask could be interesting about taking a pregnant woman 1.2 miles into the local maternity department.
Well, apart from the patient, no-one else knew that she was pregnant – she had been hiding the pregnancy from everyone. She hadn't seen a doctor, nor had she booked into a maternity department. Her family suspected nothing. It's not as if she were a 'large' woman, who could perhaps hide the tell-tale bump under the pretense of fat. She was actually rather slender, which leads me to ask how she could hide her rather obvious pregnancy from everyone.

When my crewmate spoke to her (I was driving), she told him that she had hoped that the pregnancy would 'go away'.

We tried to prewarn the maternity department that we were coming (because, she was quite close to actually delivering the baby), but they hung up the phone twice on our Control. The problem is that the entrance to the maternity department is locked at night – and we need someone to come down and open it for us. So – we were left standing around outside the department waiting for the midwives to phone for a porter to traipse the length of the hospital to come and open the door for us (as opposed to one of the midwives walking down the stairs and opening the door).

By the time we got in the patient was starting to bleed, and we were getting more irate at the apparent ignorance of the midwives.

So tonight we are going to put in a 'clinical incident report' to highlight the danger that standing outside the maternity department for 10 minutes while they arrange a porter puts the patient in.

One of the people on complex has had to deliver a baby in the back of their ambulance while they were waiting for the doors to be opened, so something needs to be done.

9 thoughts on “Hidden”

  1. That's really sad and really shit. How can that arrangement be when everyone knows that if there is a complication with a labour then there is usually not very much time to sort it out – both for the mother or the baby? Isn't that tantamount to negligence? What a truly sad ordeal from beginning to end. I hope the mother and baby were ok although I wonder what will happen to them given her outlook on the whole thing. So sad and depressing.

  2. Yeah, astrid, really sad. But this is the minor end of the spectrum – much worse goes on every day in the “envy of the world” (!!!!) NHS. The NHS is dying. We need a government up to the challenge of finding a replacement service.

  3. Mother had her baby (a girl) within half and hour of us leaving them there. They were both admitted to the post-natal unit, where I seriously hope that the mother is getting some good social services input.

  4. They have a swipe card system <>and a pin code system.But they won't tell us the code (I know – I asked them for it last night) – the comment has been made on the clinical incident form that we need either one of the other. I mean if they can't trust the LAS, who can they trust?

  5. Well i suppose they could trust the NEAS, I can't see any of our lot coming your way on a maternitaxi job, unless things get a lot worse!

  6. potter – Cheers for the code to 585, I've deleted your comment as it might be thought of as a security concern.

  7. Got sent to an 18 year old in labour last week. Went on blues getting there at 0145 expecting a maternitaxi job. Delivered the baby on the lounge floor at 0152. Beautiful baby girl, everything went smoothly, mum had no pain relief and stayed at home after the birth. Midwife turned up about 20 mins later and was great with everyone, including us.Mum had been into the maternity ward at 1800 but told it was effacing pains, she was only 1cm dilated and to go home. 7 hour later she wakes up on the sofa, goes to the toilet and suddenly needs to push.

    It doesn't always have to be complicated.

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