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Hospital praised by Ulverston mum of twins born 8 weeks early

A DOTING mum has heaped praise on hospital staff following the safe arrival of her twins, who were born eight weeks early.

Michelle Rooney gave birth to Lily, just 3lbs 14oz, and Jamie, just 3lbs 15oz, at Furness General Hospital on March 12.

The twins arrived around 56 days ahead of schedule, but Mrs Rooney said the birth could not have been smoother.

The two children came back to the family’s Ulverston home in Cherrytree Avenue for the first time on Wednesday April 11.

Mrs Rooney wished to thank everyone involved in the birth, including those on the labour ward, maternity unit, Special Care Baby Unit, and theatre.

The 30-year-old, who is also mum to Yvie, three, and Ulverston Victoria High School pupil Joshua, 13, said: “I had gone in hospital on the Friday night with quite a massive bleed and they kept me in to keep an eye on me.

“Everything calmed down and the bleeding stopped, and on the Monday I asked if I could go home because I had been fine.

“The doctor said in the morning ‘we will see how you are at tea time and then probably send you home’.

“But, at dinner time, I had another bleed and they decided ‘that’s it, we’re getting them out’.

“That was at 12pm and by 12.50pm I’d given birth.

“They were absolutely amazing. I really want to emphasise how good they were. They couldn’t have done enough for me.”

Mrs Rooney, who is married to Kevin, 37, gave birth to the twins by emergency C-section.

She said they were admitted to the Special Care Baby Unit after birth and put in incubators for around two weeks because they were so tiny.

Mrs Rooney only had to stay in hospital for a few days and went into hospital each day from home to visit her newborn children.

She said: “They were absolutely amazing. They made you feel like you were really welcome and not a pain or anything like that.

“They always had time for me. They let me have the after-care on the maternity ward, rather than the midwife coming round, which was brilliant because I was already down there.”

Eric Morton, Interim Chief Executive of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted that Michelle and Kevin are happy with the care they received in the maternity unit at Furness General Hospital.

“On behalf of the trust, I would like to thank them for taking the time to let us know about their experience.

“I will be sure to pass on Michelle and Kevin’s kind words to the staff involved who I’m sure will join me in wishing them all the luck and happiness for the future with their beautiful twins, Lily and Jamie.”

Have your say

A friend of mine, aged 81, has just returned home after spending a week on ward 2 whilst having test to diagnose a problem with his lower legs collapsing under him. He was full of praise for the staff their and the care he received. I have since learned that a major problem at FGH is the way nurses are manipulated unfairly by the management through the "Bank" system.

The staff are great but the management stinks.

Another friend is very reluctantly leaving her reponsible job at FGH in favour of another Health Authority because of the way she is being treated by this same management.

Somehow we need to get involved and ensure that the management run our hospital in a responsible way in the future otherwise there will continue to be a mass exodus of excellent staff, leaving the overworked and exhausted staff remaining to cope with great difficulty.

Posted by Geoff Dellow on 23 April 2012 at 12:39

Finally a good news story about the hospital its long overdue.
Its not all bad news.

Congratulations to the parents and well done the hospital.

Posted by Matt on 21 April 2012 at 22:50

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