20 week scan appointment

On Tuesday, Nic had her 20 week scan at James Cook Hospital.

The wonderful news is that there is a boy and a girl, both of equal size and doing fine.

We are all absolutely thrilled and I am planning my next knitting project.

Nic is starting to think about getting some nursery furniture – making practical arrangements.

It is all starting to feel so real for us and the weeks are flying by.

Mark is just so pleased with the prospect of becoming a Pop/Dad/Papa, whatever….still to be decided…..

And the babies are now become real little people with genders.

The hospital experience on Tuesday, however left a lot to be desired. The appointment was for 13.20 hours and they emerged at 17.30, over 4 hours later having had a 20 minute scan and a 15 minute consultation. Mark and Nic were left wondering whether or not the hospital actually has capacity to offer them care.

Mark commented that it was a good thing the car park machine was broken, otherwise it would have cost them £7 to park!

How disappointing for them that they should feel so frustrated and lacking in confidence in the hospital.

I trained as a nurse in 1979 and have worked in the NHS for many years – it’s embarrassing to see such poor service. Mark and Nic had to each take the whole afternoon off work – they couldn’t believe the delays and inefficiency at every stage. Just when they thought they could leave, they waited 40 minutes to pick up 14 vitamin tablets from the hospital pharmacy!

Never mind, at least they have brilliant news to focus on rather than the poor people who are having to contend with illness and bad news.

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