I WAS disappointed to hear about the proposed cuts to the maternity services at Solihull Hospital.
I recently gave birth to my second child at Solihull Hospital. My pregnancy was normal but I got into difficulty in labour and the decision was made to perform a Caesarean as a last resort. Under the new plans it would have meant me having to be transferred to either Heartlands or Good Hope. At this stage of labour I was in considerable pain and would not have wanted to be told I had to go elsewhere. It would have put a lot more stress on myself and the baby and I wouldn’t like to say what could have happened.
I was taken to Heartlands for my first child as she was premature, but they didn’t have any beds available so the nearest one available for me was in Stoke-on-Trent.
What is the guarantee that beds will be available for everyone who needs them if the situation reaches this point.
Fortunately I was able to remain at Solihull this time and my baby was delivered successfully. I would like to thank all the staff on the labour ward and ward 12 for the excellent care given to me and my baby. Please keep these services at Solihull.
Nicola Shirley, Old Lode Lane, Solihull