23 Aug 2012

Stop Press: Prince of Wales Private (POWP) Hospital turning women away

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Stop Press: Prince of Wales Private (POWP) Hospital turning women away

Without any notice (to obstetricians like myself, at least) POWP has imposed a cap on maternity bookings and is now turning down requests for bookings. This has affected a couple of my patients due in October and – to put things mildly – the women are very unhappy.

I think much of this comes from – how can I put this delicately? – the unpopularity of the public system and the fact that The Royal Hospital for Women is comparatively unwelcoming towards private obstetricians and their patients. As a result POWP has become overwhelmed with bookings hence the cap on numbers.

My strong advice to you is to book into the hospital of your choice early (I.e. before 12 weeks). I usually perform my first booking visit at 8 to 9 weeks (most obstetricians won’t see new patients until after 13 weeks) so we simply have to get on and book you in at the time of your first visit. It is best not to wait for hospital tours before making your choice.

Rob

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