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#1 Zanbam

Posted 28 November 2012 - 01:47 PM

Hi
I'm very new to all of this and was wondering about experiences at Hornsby Hospital and the San. While I can go private I am happy to go public and at the moment I am thinking of seeing my GP (who is lovely and who I trust) and going to Hornsby. The main reason for leaning Hornsby's way is sentimental, my DH and his brother were both born there and my DSS and DSD2 were both born there so I would like to tell my future bub that they were born where much of their family was born.

I am very open to going to the San and always thought I would go private (until I met my DH) but would like advice...

#2 follies

Posted 28 November 2012 - 01:51 PM

Hornsby! The staff, Amazing! The rooms, Amazing! I received better treatment there then some people I know that went private.

#3 TillyTake2

Posted 28 November 2012 - 01:53 PM

I loved the San but my ob used to be the head of Hornsby maternity & I believe it is a wonderful hospital.

#4 Always amazed!

Posted 28 November 2012 - 01:54 PM

I had all 4 of my at the SAN.
I though it was a fantastic hospital and the majority of the staff were fantastic.
The food was sooo good!!!!!!!!!!!!
the special care nursery ( which i used for ds1 and dd1&2) was also fantastic..

I couldnt fault the hospital at all.

#5 CallMeFeral

Posted 28 November 2012 - 01:58 PM

If you don't have a particular ob in mind, go Hornsby. I had mine there and it's really nice, I believe all the rooms there (bar one?) are single rooms so it's not like you'd have to share or anything. The staff are mostly lovely, the facilities are good - you can see some of the cost cutting of recurring costs but I found them wonderful.
And apart from the fact that it saves you several thousand dollars, it also means you have free access to the lactation consultant post birth who is WONDERFUL and some postnatal physio and other stuff for the couple of days after the birth.
The second time I went there we went private-in-public, as I wanted a particular ob. He also operated at the San but I didn't see any reason to go there as I was really happy with my first birth at Hornsby. Oh, and the labour rooms have a big bath in case you want to labour in water - also great.

Good luck!

Edited by lucky 2, 28 November 2012 - 05:30 PM.
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#6 miajas

Posted 28 November 2012 - 02:05 PM

DD1 was born in a private hospital but was moved to Hornsby Special care after I was discharged so she would be closer to home for us.  

The new maternity ward was being completed but the special care nursery was up and running and as she was the only baby there for a while she received excellent care and the nurses were also fantastic with me.  

Before taking her home we had to stay 2 nights in the maternity ward to make sure we could cope.  Again, the nursing staff were great, actually alot more caring and attentive than the private hospital we had just come from (but that was probably becuase they were so very quiet at the time and the private hospital was at full capacity).  When comparing though, the private hospital maternity ward was much nicer and the food was excellent, and was better equipped to deal with our emergency at the time.

#7 follies

Posted 28 November 2012 - 08:36 PM

QUOTE (CallMeAliG @ 28/11/2012, 01:58 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
If you don't have a particular ob in mind, go Hornsby. I had mine there and it's really nice, I believe all the rooms there (bar one?) are single rooms so it's not like you'd have to share or anything. The staff are mostly lovely, the facilities are good - you can see some of the cost cutting of recurring costs but I found them wonderful.
And apart from the fact that it saves you several thousand dollars, it also means you have free access to the lactation consultant post birth who is WONDERFUL and some postnatal physio and other stuff for the couple of days after the birth.
The second time I went there we went private-in-public, as I wanted a particular ob. He also operated at the San but I didn't see any reason to go there as I was really happy with my first birth at Hornsby. Oh, and the labour rooms have a big bath in case you want to labour in water - also great.

Good luck!


The one room that is double is an overflow room for women waiting inducement/early labour. The room is never used for women with babies.

Edited by follies, 28 November 2012 - 08:36 PM.


#8 imamumto3

Posted 28 November 2012 - 09:30 PM

also consider that Hornsby have a 24 hour tun around time for a natural delivery and a healthy bub, so if all goes well you would be going home 24 hours after giving birth.    the San is a 3 day stay.  I love the San, staff and food were great and I got heaps of support if and when I wanted it.

#9 Unatheowl

Posted 29 November 2012 - 07:38 AM

I went to the san with both of mine.  It was fabulous.  You can stay longer too if you need to (I did).  They were incredibly supportive.

#10 Zanbam

Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:47 AM

Hi Guys,

Thanks for all of the responses, it is great to get different points of view. I'm not yet pregnant, we will start TTC in January, so I have lots of time to look into options and I think I'll ask my GP about it to. All of my friends have wanted to go home as early as possible after the birth of their kids but I think until I'm in that situation I'm really not going to know if I'd rather go home after a day (and have a midwife visit me there) or stay in hospital with the extra support...

#11 Copper and May

Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:52 AM

My daughter went to the SAN and she loved the idea of staying in a few extra days to get the breastfeeding established. The food was to die for cclap.gif cclap.gif cclap.gif

#12 heffalumpsnwoozles

Posted 29 November 2012 - 11:32 AM

I had both of mine at the San. I think it was best for us - I have flat nipples and had a terrible time establishing breastfeeding. I really needed those extra days with midwives and lactation consultants on hand, and I very much doubt either of my kids would have ended up breast fed if I'd had to go home after 24 hours. I know you get home visits for a few days after, but they're only visits, not right there right when you need them IYKWIM?

I think for the actual birth, there may be better places (eg the baths in the San delivery suite aren't large enough to birth in so you can't water birth, and (this may have changed since my last visit 3 years ago) if you need to be monitored, the monitoring devices are not waterproof so you can't use the shower for pain relief. But the after care is phenomenal, and IMO that's the really important part.

#13 Gumbette

Posted 29 November 2012 - 12:12 PM

QUOTE (TillyTake2 @ 28/11/2012, 02:53 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I loved the San but my ob used to be the head of Hornsby maternity & I believe it is a wonderful hospital.

I had the same OB and would go to the SAN just so I would be under his care.

#14 Aruneh

Posted 29 November 2012 - 12:20 PM

Hornsby is great. I have had 2 babies there and will be having the next one there also. I found most of the midwives to very nice and helpful. original.gif

#15 CalEliKat

Posted 29 November 2012 - 12:25 PM

I had my 3 at the SAN and loved my stays and the care I received there.  I am actually choosing to go back to the SAN next year when I have my prolapse repair.  The care is fantastic and the food is lovely.


#16 Jekaho

Posted 29 November 2012 - 12:31 PM

I went to the SAN, because I had private health cover and wanted a longer stay in hospital. The short stay of public hospitals freak me out a little!
I have lots of friends who birthed at Hornsby (I was born there too), and all are very positive and happy with their experiences and the care given. So I think it's probably win-win, whatever way you choose!

#17 shannon31

Posted 29 November 2012 - 12:42 PM

Hi, I had my first child at Hornsby as a private patient and my second child at the SAN. I would definitely choose the SAN if I had private health cover. Hornsby was ok but I found some of the staff were better than others. The food wasn't great, everything was from a catering company so not always fresh, and I do remember my husband being given the third degree when he asked for a straw for my drink ( I had a c-s and had dropped my straw and couldn't sit up to drink) and he also got spoken to like a 2 year old for using my bathroom.
The SAN was wonderful, food fantastic and made on site, every staff member I dealt with went out of their way to be friendly and helpful. I had a 6 day stay in both hospitals and I did have some breastfeeding issues so I was happy to have help at hand. The SAN had lots of info sessions on during my stay which I also found helpful - exercises from a physio, breastfeeding info, dealing with other siblings. I even had the most fantastic foot massage ( although I think this was arranged through my OB )
Good luck with your decision, if you do go with a private OB get in early as the popular ones get booked up very quickly. I started making calls at 5 weeks and my first choice OB was already fully booked.


#18 ~~HappyMummy~~

Posted 29 November 2012 - 12:47 PM

I had a great experience at hornsby.  

Have visited friends at the San and the rooms are no better.  Can't say anything about the doctors there though.

I'd go to hornsby and save your $$$$.




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