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Birth centre not staffed up

By johnboy - 21 January 2013 29

The ABC has the grimly familiar news of another cockup in health, this time at the Birth Centre which is turning away 400 women a year despite running at half capacity:

Last year the centre was expanded from three birth suites to five as part of the new Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

But documents obtained under FOI laws show the new centre has an occupancy rate of less than 50 per cent most days.

The Friends of the Birth Centre says that is because staff numbers have not increased in line with the expansion.

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Birth centre not staffed up
JC 7:25 pm 21 Jan 13

Who says that because the place has a 50% occupancy it is not being fully staffed.

Maybe, just maybe the place is being staffed as intended and heaven forbid was designed and built with the future in mind. With extra staff and more rooms being utilised as demand grows.

I mean to say think about it, sure people may be turned away from this location and not every room is being used, but the fact women are having their babies elsewhere (and not on the streets) says that the total amount of ‘beds’ and birthing suites available across the territory is right. I know as a tax payer I don’t want to be paying for more capacity than needed just so people can pick and choose where they get their free health care.

Case in point my old mum who had to have emergency surgery 2 weeks ago. The ambo’s took her to Calvary which is the closest hospital, where she was assessed, they then determined that they didn’t have the right care available so she was transferred to Woden. Another lady had the same issue but apparently was operated on at Calvary. As I said same issue, mum got the care, sure it was a paint in the arse to go to Woden every day to see her, but at the end of the day the right number of beds territory wide were available, mum just missed out on the one closest to where she and her family live.

nazasaurus 7:21 pm 21 Jan 13

While not a reflection of the hard working staff at these places, everytime someone has a crap experience, they should write to the minister if it’s warranted instead of just telling their friends and posting on RA. The state of some of the buildings and (lack of) resources are embarrassing for the amount of $$ in this town. That way we might actually get better/more health services instead of human rights commissions and cock-owls. Just a thought- if you’re unhappy write a letter/email.

TheTwinMama 6:59 pm 21 Jan 13

We did IVF and booked into the birthing centre the day we found out I was pregnant. Without going into the technicalities, with IVF, you find out you’re pregnant far earlier than a couple who conceived naturally. I was the last person on the list for that month. Unfortunately, when I found out that I was pregnant with twins, I was no longer able to be cared for by midwives and was taken off the list. Apparently it’s common to be told that there is no vacancies, but a few weeks later, when early miscarriages happen, multiple births are diagnosed, high risk pregnancies are identified etc, most people that want a place, get a place.

Pork Hunt 4:47 pm 21 Jan 13

astrojax said :

BimboGeek said :

If I can’t get into the birth centre when I have my next pregnancy, I’m just going to have my baby at home.

Imagine trying to have a baby in a hospital with all that MRSA and not even so much as a bath! Ick!

as in #4 above, queanbeyan is the go… 🙂

If Canberra women come to Qbn to give birth, does that increase or decrease the IQ of Canberra or Qbn or both?
Perhaps I’m just being vexatious…

basketcase 4:25 pm 21 Jan 13

Bit like that “Yes Minister” show where the hospital was built but patients not wanted!

astrojax 4:15 pm 21 Jan 13

BimboGeek said :

If I can’t get into the birth centre when I have my next pregnancy, I’m just going to have my baby at home.

Imagine trying to have a baby in a hospital with all that MRSA and not even so much as a bath! Ick!

as in #4 above, queanbeyan is the go… 🙂

poetix 4:13 pm 21 Jan 13

BimboGeek said :

If I can’t get into the birth centre when I have my next pregnancy, I’m just going to have my baby at home.

Imagine trying to have a baby in a hospital with all that MRSA and not even so much as a bath! Ick!

You also have the option of a private hospital, with the doctor of your choice. You don’t have to have insurance if you can just raise the money. I used a redundancy payment. Or, as from your comment it does not sound like you are currently pregnant, take out insurance for private hospital now, to qualify for obstetric services.

Compared with what some people spend lots of money on (cars and travel, for example) the cost of the hospital was not that unreasonable at all. I can’t think of anything worse, personally, than having a baby at home, but that’s just me!

You probably know all this already, having had a baby, but someone else reading may not.

Chop71 3:56 pm 21 Jan 13

PantsMan said :

ACT Government fail #265

nah, they will put some spin on it to say it’s all fine.
The Canberra punters will believe it and keep paying.

BimboGeek 3:25 pm 21 Jan 13

If I can’t get into the birth centre when I have my next pregnancy, I’m just going to have my baby at home.

Imagine trying to have a baby in a hospital with all that MRSA and not even so much as a bath! Ick!

Thumper 3:09 pm 21 Jan 13

Not to worry, just change the figures, release them to the Canberra Times and all will be fine.

PantsMan 2:11 pm 21 Jan 13

ACT Government fail #265

astrojax 1:09 pm 21 Jan 13

go to queanbeyan, then… at least they don’t kick you out after eleven minutes of delivering (or close to that short time) and partners can stay in the private rooms assigned to new mothers.

Roadrage77 12:54 pm 21 Jan 13

Who’d want to be a Midwife?

Jivrashia 10:50 am 21 Jan 13

gentoopenguin said :

bonk and book!

I’d think “piss” should be in there… and I don’t mean going on a bender or trying different fetish with your partner.

gentoopenguin 10:02 am 21 Jan 13

I have no idea how people get into the Birth Centre. I rang when I found out I was pregnant at five weeks and was told I was too late. I’ve heard people ring and say they’re pregnant before they know and take a punt it works. It even has a name among parent groups – bonk and book!

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