Delivery suite closure at Norfolk hospital causes disruption

Baby ward / Maternity unit / Ante-natal clinic / delivery suite / neonatal centre at N+N hospital. Norfolk and Norwich / Norfolk & Norwich. Baby ward / Maternity unit / Ante-natal clinic / delivery suite / neonatal centre at N+N hospital. Norfolk and Norwich / Norfolk & Norwich.

Monday, July 15, 2013
8:00 AM

Bosses at Norfolk’s busiest maternity unit said staff were working hard to minimise disruption, despite the closure of its delivery suite for a major refurbishment.

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The delivery suite at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital was shut last month for works to increase the number of birthing rooms to help cope with the county’s rising birthrate.

The refurbishment has led to midwives relocating to the Cley Ward where women are supposed to give birth in single rooms. However, one baby was born on a general ward last weekend, hospital bosses admitted.

One new father, who declined to be named, said his wife was due to be induced for labour last Wednesday, but was postponed until last Saturday because the makeshift birthing rooms were full. He added that the noises of women in active labour on general wards had caused added distress for his wife.

“The midwives were brilliant, but they are under so much pressure at the moment. We knew the delivery suite was being refurbished, but I do not think the hospital trust gave it a lot of thought,” he said.

The delivery suite at the NNUH is set to be shut until September 21 as part of the work after the NHS trust received £272,000 from the government to improve maternity services earlier this year.

Under the refurbishment, the number of delivery rooms will be increased from 12 to 15 and six extra bathrooms will be added so that all birthing rooms will have en-suite facilities.

Head of midwifery Glynis Moore, said all pregnant women have been informed about the work and the hospital has had to restrict visiting to just partners, parents and the patient’s own children and pregnant women are being told to bring just one birthing partner.

“Our staff have been amazing and have coped well with the disruption that is necessary whilst the refurbishment is taking place. Everyone is looking forward to working in the new facilities when they are completed.”

“We have informed all our pregnant women about the refurbishment and we apologise for any inconvenience the refurbishment may cause our patients and their families,” she said.

The modernisation will result in en-suite facilities in all delivery suite rooms and the creation of three new birthing rooms which will help the hospital to manage an increasing birth rate in the future.

A spokesman for the hospital said: “We are caring for women in the antenatal section of Cley ward who may be in early labour. On occasion, labour can progress more quickly than anticipated and our priority is always the safety of our patients and their babies. Over the weekend, one patient gave birth in the ward area before she could be transferred to the delivery room.”

Cley Ward is catering for antenatal inpatients and women during labour and birth and the Blakeney Ward remains as the postnatal ward. Gynaecology patients have been moved to the Gunthorpe Ward.

The midwifery-led birthing unit is unaffected by the changes.

Last year, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital saw 6,352 births, compared with the 4,929 births it received in 2003.

30 comments

  • Dave 123. Thank you for that. Just what i expected. However my comment was just saying i work at the N&N hospital and its NOT overrun with immigrants giving birth.. Most people are British. Its this kind of Daily Mail ranting that upsets us NHS workers because IT IS NOT THE CASE!!!

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    simon taylor

    Thursday, July 18, 2013

  • Sorry MB, but I have to disagree with you. One has only to look at the large increase in the population over the last 10-20 years to realise that this has to have some impact on services. And not just hospitals in what has become about the most crowded country in Europe. That is fact and not politics. Having said that I agree with you about the appalling standard of hygiene 'practiced' by some staff having seen it for myself.

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    andy

    Monday, July 15, 2013

  • Tried to engage with you on this topic, andy, but Archant have put the blockades up. Key words. Xenophobia. Oswald Mosley. Local employers` self-interest. Richardson`s. Slave labour. Eton.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 15, 2013

  • In another article (no comments allowed, why?) we can see the desired objective of the hypocritical MPs' crusade against the non execs on the EEAST being realised. We now have the first political crony appointed. Did anyone see the roles advertised? Nope, they simply cleared the way for their old mates to be slotted in, the reward for presiding over a string of past failures, but just like the chief exec at the N&N never will be held to account while their tory mates are in power.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Tuesday, July 16, 2013

  • Well said Tigger. I did bite, just i hate all that edl stuff! 8- (suitably chastised!)

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    simon taylor

    Sunday, July 21, 2013

  • One last comment from me MB. At no point did I mention immigration but even if I had, this must not become a taboo subject again. Also I have two close relatives who work for the N&N. I also have a daughter-in-law who when she went into labour was initially told to drive from Norwich to Bury st Eds. Fortunately she did give birth in Norwich because her consultant insisted that must be the case. I sympathise with what you encountered because I and close relatives have been on the wrong end of other issues which led to me making a formal written complaint. This still takes me back to the point that supply and demand is not in balance and until that issue is addressed, no amount of tinkering around the edges will be effective. You appear t be assuming that the 37,000 new houses to be built will go to immigrants - why?

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    andy

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013

  • actually lucieloo you can fault the staff, as it was them who were responsible for not keeping you informed at all times! Please folks dont idolise NHS staff.

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    simon taylor

    Tuesday, July 16, 2013

  • dave123 can say what they like because they are in tune with the EDP editoriat. On the other hand, take a swipe at tory cronies and get censored for 'liebel'.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Tuesday, July 16, 2013

  • I must say as an expectant mother who is now due to be induced on Friday is quite shocked that this article says all expectant mothers have been informed - this is not the case for me this is the first time I have read or heard anything about this, typical of the nhs to be fair! I

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    mummabeetle

    Monday, July 15, 2013

  • Simon Taylor- Bigotted Slur..........No simply the facts! Check them out with the N and N and get a grip,if you want to compose a reply try doing it in English!

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    dave123

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013

  • Incredible, isn't it. What sort of halfwits are running the hospital - it seems there is no limit to their short-sightedness. Funny how the EDP has not acquired quotes from the hypocrite local MPs asking for heads to roll.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Tuesday, July 16, 2013

  • The delivery suites across the county are overrun with Foreign Nationals many of which are simply here because of all the free benefits.Until people wake up and realise this then im afraid its all downhill from now for this Countys services!!!

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    dave123

    Monday, July 15, 2013

  • Dave 123. Thank you for that. Just what i expected. However my comment was just saying i work at the N&N hospital and its NOT overrun with immigrants giving birth.. Most people are British. Its this kind of Daily Mail ranting that upsets us NHS workers because IT IS NOT THE CASE!!!

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    simon taylor

    Thursday, July 18, 2013

  • Dave123...typical racist moronic comment. I work in theatres and i can assure you it is not"overun" by foreign nationals! Most foreigners here work damn hard and dont need your kind of bigotry, they just want what everyone else wants....the best for their families!! Now go away and buy your daily mail and find a use for one of your" i'm not racist but......" speeches!!

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    simon taylor

    Tuesday, July 16, 2013

  • Sorry MB but I fail to see what those key words have got to do with reality. Are you trying to say that increases in population (ie demand) - whatever the cause - have no impact on the supply of services? I stick with my original comment about the size of the hospital and one has to suspect that the PFI agreement was fatally flawed if we cannot expand supply to meet increased demand.

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    andy

    Monday, July 15, 2013

  • How come my rant at Dave 123 does not get on here but his bigotted slur does???

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    simon taylor

    Tuesday, July 16, 2013

  • Dave 123. Thank you for that. Just what i expected. However my comment was just saying i work at the N&N hospital and its NOT overrun with immigrants giving birth.. Most people are British. Its this kind of Daily Mail ranting that upsets us NHS workers because IT IS NOT THE CASE!!!

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    simon taylor

    Thursday, July 18, 2013

  • andy, I wouldn`t dispute the folly of allowing so many immigrants into this country while we are clearly unable to cope with our existing population. But it is not healthy to vilify these people just for being here. Shades of Adolf and Moseley. Xenophobia. Many of the East Europeans over here are extremely hard-working - and gladly employed by their English taskmasters. Fruit & Veg picking, boat cleaning for the Broads holiday industry etc. Our long-established `local` companies seem delighted to employ them, but they do come with a few fellow-travellers... A pity we cannot "exchange" the industrious ones for some of our own obese layabouts. But they`d be too lazy to go anywhere, wouldn`t they? Apart from Benidorm.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 15, 2013

  • All expectant mothers have been told??!? What a complete load of @@#$. My wife is due in the next two weeks and this is the first time we have heard a thing about the closure even though we are up the N&N every two weeks with her pregnancy! Is it that we are to be told when my wife is already in labour!!!

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    PeteD

    Tuesday, July 16, 2013

  • Amazing! Well congratulations to the brilliant midwives for coping with the disruption....... Strange no mention of the amazing women coping with the disruption whilst in the midst of labour....not the 'brilliant' experience it should be at all. 21st century care....we think not!

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    FMR

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013

  • Why do so many debates about public services end up like this? This article was about the challenges being faced by the maternity unit and the efforts they are taking to try and improve the situation. Comments about immigration and who deserves what don't belong here!

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    tigger449

    Sunday, July 21, 2013

  • Trouble is, andy, my reasoned - an utterly civil - attempt to engage with you on this topic was rejected as "duplicate", though, clearly, it never arrived. I do empathise with you; my dire experiences when my gorgeous partner was terminally ill ensure that. But we must be careful not to demonise minority groups. History tells us this is an easy conduit for evil to prevail..

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, July 16, 2013

  • The real problem here is that we need a bigger hospital. With a further 37,000 houses planned in the next 10 years or so, no amount of massaging the existing space is going to produce a real solution to the problem, no matter how hard staff work.

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    andy

    Monday, July 15, 2013

  • And i stand by what i said but big brother didnt let it in. YOU are the problem and all your "English only" cronies. Its you and your kind that are destroying this country with your nasty little Englander bigotted views. Sorry but thats how i feel. And i am perfectly capable of composing a reply in English. And all my colleagues agree with me. Also i would rather have a hundred immigrants than one of you as theu=y are invariably decent hard working tax paying people not the nasty scroungers you probably think they are. As my friend said when he worked in the Jobcentre...."the only time you see foreigners in here is when they work here! Nuff said.

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    simon taylor

    Thursday, July 18, 2013

  • I'm actually shocked that they are now only realising this once they've shut the main delivery suite I was induced in December spent 2 days on Cley ward during induction and late on the Tuesday night I was told nothing was going to happen until at least the next morning as delivery suite was busy 30 minutes later they took me over to break my waters so my poor partner drove all the way back to diss to only be called and to drive all the way back the midwives were fantastic and cannot fault them but there is no lead and no explanations from medical professionals most of the time also was very dissatisfied with the 'help' from midwives on blakney ward as I had little or no help from them to breastfeed my new baby!

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    Lucieloo12

    Monday, July 15, 2013

  • My experiences at the Acute Medical Unit, delivering my partner for `care` in her last four days of life, was not good either. Her, sitting, ignored, in a wheelchair waiting for a `bed` to become available. There were other dying people queuing up for that privilege too. For hours. So, don`t expect dignity coming into this rancid world, nor in exiting it. unless you can afford it. The frontline Staff were beyond reproach. Too many clipboards and suits in evidence.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 15, 2013

  • All expectant mothers have been told??!? What a complete load of @@#$. My wife is due in the next two weeks and this is the first time we have heard a thing about the closure even though we are up the N&N every two weeks with her pregnancy! Is it that we are to be told when my wife is already in labour!!!

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    PeteD

    Tuesday, July 16, 2013

  • .... and odd looking `staff` who did not wash their hands after using the lavatory (No. 1s).. all that stuff with the antiseptic foam dispensers....

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 15, 2013

  • .....as evidenced by dave123`s xenophobic remark. My response to that was also blocked.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, July 16, 2013

  • Could be because the chief exec has the right political connections to escape criticism?

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Tuesday, July 16, 2013

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