Our hospital is the beating heart of South Tyneside
It touches all of our lives!
This page contains an unordered collection of patient's testimony that demonstrates the vital importance of our hospital and acute services. We encourage you to share your stories about the value of our local hospital and any difficulties caused to you by service downgrades and closures. You can write about your experiences on our facebook page (and with your permission we may copy some of them to this website). Alternatively you can submit your stories in support of South Tyneside Hospital and the need for local acute services via our website, where they will be added to this collection.
Hi I've seen others stories and was wondering if I could share mine? Firstly myself and my sister wouldn't be here if it wasn't for Shields hospital. I was an emergency section birth and my sister was born with her cord round her neck and blue. The midwife was amazing in doing her job by getting my sister safe and freed from the cord and keeping my mam calm. I could go on about the countless A&E trips over the years but I won't.
My grandma had a stroke in 2006, staff in A&E then on the stroke ward were amazing, they went above and beyond to give her the care she needed, and helping us to make sure she could come home and we had all the support we needed to be her carers. She couldn't move her right side, speak or eat after her stroke, but the nurses took the time needed along with the speech therapy to help her communicate with us, even managing a few simple words we will be forever in their debt.
My mam was rushed into A&E in 2009 with septicaemia and gangrene, she was only given the weekend to live, but the staff in Shields hospital worked tirelessly, operating on her everyday for a week, and caring for her for 12 weeks - She made it! She has disabilities now but she's here thanks to the amazing staff.
My grandad suffered 13 heart attacks and every one of them was a rush to A&E, with one of them ending with them putting a pace wire in on the ward for him. They saved his life on countless occasions, they saved all our lives on countless occasions. It wasn't just his heart attacks he had, a whole host of health problems one of them meaning every fortnight he was in A&E for a blood transfusion. He wasn't just a patient and we weren't just his family. They made us feel that they cared and that's because they did. A lovely nurse from A&E looked after my grandad every time he came in, and the day he died she was truly upset, but you could see her fight that to do what was needed for us and him.They were and still are godsends and to take that away from us isn't just heartbreaking it's reckless and dangerous. Paramedics can't get people from the area to Sunderland as quickly as Shields and everyone knows time is of the essence, not to mention the fact that people will have to make the decision of visiting or not (we were at every visiting time as a family) and that isn't just unfair on the family but the patient, and in a long stay patient, in my opinion, would start to affect their mental health. We need it to stay as the fantastic hospital it is!
I was rushed into A&E not long ago - mid July this year - being sick and bleeding at both ends. I left it as I thought it would pass but unfortunately I was getting weaker & weaker until I could no longer stand. I was rushed in and was seen to very promptly [by] the doctors [who] explained what had happened to me and that I needed 4 pints of blood and 7 pints of plasma as I had lost a lot of blood. They also told me I had to have antibiotic drips as I had toxins in my blood. All this together could have killed me but for the dedication of the doctors and especially the nurses round the clock care I'm on the up & up.
While visiting my family in my home town of South Shields last year I unfortunately suffered a miscarriage, which resulted in numerous trips to Shields hospital and a minor operation. Throughout the whole experience every single member of staff at the hospital were extremely kind caring and supportive, the surgeons and the lady's who looked after me after the operation were amazing!The hospital is a huge & critical part of the community x
When I had my 1st baby I was a teenage mam. I was supported without being judged by the whole team in the maternity department. I was told I had a 'normal, full term' pregnancy. I had a quick labour of 6 hours and a healthy baby. I had fantastic care by all midwives. So when I had my second baby I had already decided I wanted to be at Shields. I was told I was 'low risk' and my pregnancy again was fine. I was one week overdue when I went into labour. At the last minute I had an emergency happen. My baby was very, very stuck. It was a bit of a blur at the time but within seconds I had what seemed to be all of the staff in the room helping my midwife and my baby. Luckily we were both okay with no serious injuries but then I had a massive bleed and lost A LOT of blood. I now know that this can happen with normal labours sometimes and it cannot be predicted. I know from my experiences that if I was not at South Tyneside and the doctors and extra midwives were not available in a few minutes to help then one or both of us might have very bad injuries or even died while waiting on an ambulance to take us elsewhere.I do not mean to scare anyone but I want everyone to know the danger of not having a doctor led unit close by. Minutes are a very long time in an emergency. We need to keep South Tyneside delivery suite as it is.
Hi, I'd like to share my experience of South Tyneside hospital ward 22. I found out I was pregnant fairly early on at about 5 weeks, and it was mainly because I couldn't stop being sick. Everybody said it was morning sickness and it would pass, but it didn't. I was admitted to ward 22 at 7 weeks with severe dehydration, and had an early scan to see if it was twins. The midwives, consultants and doctors were absolutely amazing. They went above and beyond for me. It turned out I wasn't having twins and I had a condition known as hyperemisis gravidurum, and the road ahead was so very hard! I was admitted to the ward 32 times by the end of my pregnancy, so I basically lived there! I got seriously ill, I couldn't eat or drink at all and was seriously thin for being pregnant. The sickness took me over but the midwives helped me through. They cared for me like no other and I truly believe me and my daughter wouldn't of survived if it wasn't for them. They pushed for me to have feeding tubes and TPN. They made sure I had what I needed, and ...on the odd day I needed a plain cheese sandwich in the middle of the night (because sometimes I could eat) they would run to the canteen to get it for me. My Labour was amazing as well.
They gave me amazing care and my beautiful little girl was brought into the world at 36 weeks 5 days, and was perfectly healthy weighing 5lb 5oz. She struggled to feed and one of the auxiliary nurses stayed up with us all night trying to get her to latch. She was amazing help. We stayed in for a further 3 days because ivy couldn't maintain her temp so they helped her with a heated lamp. They also helped me because I was seriously exhausted. They helped me feed, change her, everything! As [I] said before, they went above and beyond, and I owe those ladies on that ward everything! They are superheroes??Please don't let them close our hospital. I don't think I would even consider having any more children if I knew they weren't going to be there any more, because they got me through it all x
Hi my son Logan goes to A&E once a month to have his port flushed by his nurse. He is calm and happy to get it done and doesn't mind having the needle at all. If they were to close that, yes they could come to our home to do it, but it stresses him out. He has built up a friendship with the nurse that does it. [He] used to have to be sedated as he was so scared to have it done, now he comes in, has his needle port flushed with no fuss.We need this service as travelling to Newcastle RVI once a month for something that takes a few minutes would take us a couple of hours on the bus and metro.
Thought I would share my story as you were asking. I had my baby boy on 1st July this year. The midwife who delivered him was amazing, and she was very understanding even though I was screaming at her (nothing bad, I was just wanting my son here). Had to stay overnight due to them wanting to keep a check on me after losing too much blood. Expected to be out the next day. That wasn't to be the case, as my sons stats we're not what they were wanting, so he had to be sent to [the] special care baby unit. They suspected and infection so started treating him straight away with antibiotics. They took bloods to be sent off so they could get an idea what was wrong. I was absolutely beside myself crying and the staff in SCBU were so supportive, caring and understanding.
I ...spoke to one of the neonatal nurses about the possible closure, and you could see that it was such a hard topic to talk about. Just looking at all the cards and gifts they received whilst I was with my baby showed the gratitude people who's needed the MM have shown.He was only in there 2 days but we needed to stay on the ward for a couple of more days. All the staff were friendly and were on hand if you needed help. Honestly couldn't have asked for better staff to look after me and my boy. Be a shame to see the services go. I'd already signed the petition before I went into hospital and whilst in there I shared the link with all my friends hoping they would do the same.
My little boy Layton is here again... Layton was born at 27 weeks and suffers from chronic lung disease. He's a healthy little boy most of the time, but [a] simple thing [such] as it being too windy can end him up A&E. Over the years we have spent many nights in here, and it would be a disaster to let a fantastic service go.Come on people of South Shields your children deserve this hospital!!!
I was having a normal pregnancy in that all was well ...until Christmas Day 2003. [I] woke up and felt rotten. Put it down to being 7 months pregnant. [I] made dinner, but as the day progressed [I] felt steadily worse. It wasn't until I eventually went to relax by having a bath that I realised all was not good. Every part of my body was swollen and aching. [I] rang the maternity ward and they said if I could manage the night not to come down until the morning if everything was the same.
We arrived [at the hospital] first thing boxing day after having very little sleep. After checking everything, I was considered a high concern as [my] blood pressure was exceedingly high. This went on every day until it was no longer safe. I had pre-eclampsia. I could go on... but to cut the story short I was in [for] two weeks before and two weeks after. If it was not for the midwives and doctor I would no longer be here. I haemorrhaged due to the placenta [and] my body started to shut down. It was the most terrifying experience of my life. I would have died if I had to have been transferred [to another hospital], and my daughter would be without a mum.Still to this day I question events. I was so close to death yet I survived. My husband wrote a poem which was hung above the maternity suite. Our daughter spent time in SCBU, and I on the ward. We have nothing but praise and respect for South Tyneside Hospital. I chose this hospital over Sunderland Royal as it was the better choice, although I lived in Sunderland. I am very fortunate to be able to write this, and it all boils down to the care and attention I was given. The time I woke up and said "am I all alive" and the response "yes I've been with you all night" was such a relief that we cried. I've been grateful everyday since. South Tyneside Hospital is the best we have. X
Shields Gazette has reported that our hospital has paid a few hundred thousand pounds on new scanning machinery. Yes I understand it is a vital piece of equipment, but while they're finding funds to buy new machines they're cutting our services. I have four children and three of them were born in South Tyneside. The care we received ...was brilliant. I had my first child at 16. One of the midwives called Angela who worked there (possibly still does) was outstanding, so were all the midwives.My daughter needed medical attention for appendicitis when she was 5. The GP had forgot about a home visit and put her in for an appointment, but I couldn't get her there, she couldn't stand [and] she couldn't keep medicine down. I managed to contact our GP who rang 999. [They] took us to South Shields, but due to taking away our children's theatre and children's ward we were transferred to the RVI. By this time her appendix had burst. [After] surgery [she returned] to her normal self. I believe we need our services just the same as every hospital. I'm truly grateful to the midwives and nurses. ...Taking away services that are life saving for some is horrendous. X