Re: Kings or Lewisham maternity?
Posted by sillywoman
June 30, 09:32PM
I've had four babies under Kings and their midwives, with a variety of experiences, however I trained and worked as a midwife at Lewisham. I now work in all the big South London hospitals so have a good overview of the ethos and 'feel' of each. There is no shadow of doubt in my mind what I would do were I to be pregnant now: If I were giving birth in a hospital I would chose Lewisham in a heart-beat.
To my mind Lewisham is vastly over-looked, and somewhat over-shadowed by the giants of Kings and Tommies that surround it, however not only is their Birth centre nationally recognised as Gold standard, but I am consistently impressed with how ahead of they game they are clinically. As a midwife I have found that 9 times out 10 when I hear that one the big teaching hospitals has now started offering X or Y to their women, it's often something Lewisham was doing several years ago - without fuss or fanfare.
And this is the key, Lewisham is a brilliant local unit. Many of the midwives and Doctors that work there also live nearby - their families use Lewisham, there is a vested interest in making the hospital good. They do really good work without being loud, or bragging about it - they just get on with it. And if I had opportunity to give birth in their Birth Centre I would jump at it - it knock's spots off Kings.
10 years ago kings had an amazing reputation for maternity, partly because of the legacy of the Albany team, and partly because of their wonderful caseload midwifery teams. That was all ruined by their last director of midwifery who disbanded them - apart from one or two half-hearted nod's to continuity that are still limping along. I suspect your consultant friends are harking back to this, and the fact that Kings does loads of research. It does have a super-glamourous fetal medicine unit where they do the scans so sonographers love it, but for actual labour and birth? Lewisham every time.