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nimble

Hi, would love to hear of experiences with either the public or private section?

 

I am due with my first in April and have to make the decision this week whether to go privately or not. I have an OB booked and the private hospital booked but quite possibly about to go through a separation so spending 5.5k on an OB might not be the wisest thing to be doing. My PHI covers the private hospital.

 

As I have a thyroid disease I have been told I will need specialist care and with the public section that is on a Tuesday morning but could be waiting all morning which could be an issue with work.

 

Any advice gratefully received as I am just not sure what do.

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Gumbette

I'd ring up & check exactly how much your PHI covers. There's usually a huge out of pocket fee for anything done in a private hospital. Accommodation costs are fully covered, I think - everything else will have a gap. We still had to pay most of my anesthetist fees, even though he was very reasonable ($800 for an after hours epidural), plus my OB's management fee.

 

Good luck with the upcoming birth.

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Chicken Penang

I have had two children at RNSH public. I used the Midwife Group Practice. You are assigned a midwife who you see for all your appointments and for the delivery. I cannot recommend them highly enough. Both midwives were excellent. They are for women you have low risk pregnancies. They are busy so if you are interested contact them as soon as you can. All the best whichever hospital you decide on.

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Giota

I had a higher risk pregnancy and had my daughter at RNS public. I did all my care through Ryde but birthed in RNS. I can't give them enough praise, they were on top of everything. I ended up with a private room for both of my longer stays.

 

If you are currently going through a seperation I would go public and save your dollars. Also ask to speak with the maternal health counsellor, she is awesome and will make sure you have everything you need through your pregnancy. I also seperated from my husband when I was pregnant.

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nimble

Thank you for your replies - really good to hear of some positive experiences :)

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Caribou

rNS private was excellent and I've had friends who went to the public side and found it to be good too. I think you'll be fine which ever you choose to go.

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netta55

Hi RNSH has a fantastic reputation and from all the time I spent there everything I have heard about the the midwife program is very positive.

 

Unfortunately if you do have issues or a high risk pregnancy I cannot recommend it - the Tuesday morning clinic is very badly managed, highly oversubscribed and involves long periods of waiting around. I attended weekly for 9 months so know it well.

 

At 20 weeks pregnant my kidney specialist from the clinic suggested I go private if I wanted continuity of care and the best outcome for my baby and my myself (my case was complicated and seeing different people at each visit and having no one who knew my history well enough put my baby and me in jeopardy).

 

Sometimes going private is not a choice! However having said that I did switch to a private OB at 20 weeks but continued to need to visit the clinic to see the different specialists but my Ob managed my overall care and the various people involved meaning I ended up with a heathy baby.

 

I am responding to your message as I searched high and low for info on the specilalist clinic at RNSH and never found anything and think people need to know it is nothing like the midwife program and is a absolute mess

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Dec bub

Netta I dont think your comments are 100% correct. Im having my 1st at rns public and am considered high risk and attend the Tuesday clinic and haven't found it badly managed at all. Ive never had to hang around for that long mind you I turn up about 5-10 mins early so dont know if that helps putting my file at the top of the pile. so far I have to say ive received excellent care.

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Melissam12

Each person's experience will be different but in general, in most public hospitals there are delays for clinic appointments ... but then you also wait when you go to a GP or private ob.

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scarfie

The Tuesday clinics are also a 'one stop shop' so you get to see all of your specialists in one place. When you think about going to see them all at separate clinics and wait there for them, then you would probably wait as long if not longer.

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Wildence

Midwifery Group Practice is the way to go!

 

I used this program for my little one and loved the care...!

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ACO

I'd go public. I know a lady who had extreme complications and was a single mum and she had the best care going public.

 

At a public hospital you have access to all the best specialists and it well resourced.

 

I've been to RNS Private and the public and wouldn't hesitate to recommend either to be honest.

 

Bear in mind, if you have a private OB, sometimes you have to wait for over an hour past your appointment time anyway due to the nature of their job (ie they have to deliver babies at any time).

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Wildence

As far as i know if you have complications they WILL send you to a public!

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jayskette

In terms of medical care the RNSH is world class.

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Caribou

As far as i know if you have complications they WILL send you to a public!

 

I had complications and wasn't sent public.

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nimble

It's great to have this feedback on RNSH. I decided to go public as when it came down to it I realised I was looking at private for all the wrong reasons... having a posh private room etc.. and when I was looking at 5.5k minimum cost which could be put towards a lot of other things, I decided to give the public system a go as I hadn't really heard anything negative.

 

Have been lucky enough to get onto the Group Midwife Practice and met me midwife last week who was lovely.

 

Am hoping I have made the right decision. My one concern is being kicked out of hospital too soon.

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Giota
Am hoping I have made the right decision. My one concern is being kicked out of hospital too soon.

 

Let the hospital know your circumstances and that you have limited help at home. They won't kick you out too early. PND is a huge concern for newly seperated parents, I got A class service when I was in the same situation.

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jules77

My sister has recently given birth at RNS hospital. I wouldn't recommend it based on what she experienced and what I saw.

 

No weekend LC's, extremely busy so not a lot of help post birth from staff, rooms very small and quite depressing and ordinary food, no night nursery for mums struggling with lack of sleep post birth. They were strongly encouraging her to be discharged on the Saturday, a little over 24 hrs post birth- and she is a first time mother.

 

Totally different from my private experience (not at NSP, but at the SAN).

 

My sister is actually on staff at RNS too, but is seriously considering going private for any future babies.

 

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Caribou

My sister has recently given birth at RNS hospital. I wouldn't recommend it based on what she experienced and what I saw.

 

No weekend LC's, extremely busy so not a lot of help post birth from staff, rooms very small and quite depressing and ordinary food, no night nursery for mums struggling with lack of sleep post birth. They were strongly encouraging her to be discharged on the Saturday, a little over 24 hrs post birth- and she is a first time mother.

 

Totally different from my private experience (not at NSP, but at the SAN).

 

My sister is actually on staff at RNS too, but is seriously considering going private for any future babies.

 

Is this the public or private? I'll be surprised if this was private. My experience in 2011 was not the case. I currently have a friend with anew bub and she's happy with the service. Private encouraged me to stay the 5 full days.

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SnazzyFeral

I had to beg the public side to discharge me after 3 days they wanted me to stay at least four or maybe five after a normal delivery because I had said that I didn't have a lot of support. I so wanted to go home on day one.

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jules77

 

 

Is this the public or private? I'll be surprised if this was private. My experience in 2011 was not the case. I currently have a friend with anew bub and she's happy with the service. Private encouraged me to stay the 5 full days.

 

My sister gave birth at RNS not NSP. For future children, she is considering private,not public care. This is based on my experiences in the private system and her experiences in the public system.

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Wildence

well the midwifery program and the birth of my DS = excellent..!

 

as for the room, i agree.. food isnt that good, some nurses are pushy and rude(yet ive seen 2 that were fantastic), you have to share your room with someone else.. i stayed there for 3 days, and was not encouraged to leave..

this time though, if everything goes well, ill try to discharge myself as soon as possible.. as i personally would like to be at home, sleeping in my own bed. and using my own toilet

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Caribou

well the midwifery program and the birth of my DS = excellent..!

 

as for the room, i agree.. food isnt that good, some nurses are pushy and rude(yet ive seen 2 that were fantastic), you have to share your room with someone else.. i stayed there for 3 days, and was not encouraged to leave..

this time though, if everything goes well, ill try to discharge myself as soon as possible.. as i personally would like to be at home, sleeping in my own bed. and using my own toilet

 

I think the first time you go, taking the full five days is a good idea. second time round, barring complications, I wouldn't hesitate to go home asap.

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Wildence

i had a lady in the next bed who was snoring... and i couldnt get ANY sleep at all... she was discharged on my 2nd day though.. but still 2 nights of no sleep :(

 

 

didnt realise you could stay there for 5 days?!

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nimble

I was told I could leave after 6 hours! Yikes. That's a bit soon for my first... I won't have a clue what I am doing. Mind you, it will depend on who I am rooming with... I might be happy to be out the door by then :)

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