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Canossa vs Sanatorium?

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    louisouis is offline Registered User
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    Talking Canossa vs Sanatorium?

    Hi everyone,

    I am wondering whether anyone can share their experiences with me in regards to both Canossa and the HK sanatorium? Which is a better hospital? Are the nurses supportive? Are the facilities good? Which is more reseonable in terms of price? I am considering the semi-private wards. Will appreciate it if you can share your experiences. Many thanks in advance!

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    I would like to know too.... what about HK Adventist? Can anyone share their experiences please?

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    Hi, I had my 2nd last Nov in Adventist. I had heard good reports about it from friends, but to be honest I was disappointed. I found the language a problem (barely anyone there spoke english), they kept coming into my room all thru the day and night disturbing me for silly reasons and they kept insisting on taking my baby away! Which, at first, I was too dazed to understand what was going on and once I realised I got quite mad with them and had to insist that they leave her with me! It depends what you want because I think they are used to mothers needing to get a lot of rest after the birth and who are happy to leave their newborns with the nursing staff, but I am definitely not one of them and wanted my tiny new baby with me! I also saw how they were winding the babies which I thought was way, way too hard (almost hitting them). I got myself out of there pretty damn quickly!

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    Thanks for your replies, HK sanatorium is full (for March) so I will be going to Canossa. I have heard good reviews about it so I hope everything will go well.

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    I had positive experiences at the Adventist both times. I think a lot of the night nurses are outsourced so there could be a language problem there. The staff employed by the Adventist all speak quite good English. They were caring and friendly. I also insisted that the babies stayed with me and they had no problem with this arrangement. Also I insisted that they be syringe fed and they were ok with it. The only thing is that the food was not so good but that was a not a big concern to me.

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    I heard there are usually a lot of mainland Chinese mothers giving birth at Sanatorium, and they charge you for each cotton bud. I live in Happy Valley, but decided to go to Canossa at Midlevels, because they offer a maternity package that states whats included and whats not, so you wont be surprised by your bill afterwards. However with the package you can only choose from one doctor, Dr Wilfred Wong.

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    I am at the Sanatorium and it's true it is full of mainlanders! My OB is stationed there so I have been going to the hospital quite often. Currently they are doing construction and the noise and mess is TERRIBLE! I am not having a very good experience at all. Except now that I am booked there I cannot change to another hospital (I am due in 2 weeks). However, they are building a new labour ward on the 14th floor to be completed in March ( I think ) so the facilities after March will be brand new. My OB is doctor Danny Leung and he is great (he is a fetal specialist so spends lots of time on scans). The nurses are very nice but the noise and mainlanders definitely bother me.

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    I also had a positive experience at the Adventist and agree with mintycat on a lot o her points. The outsourced "baby nurses" are local Chinese and do not speak English, but I speak both so it wasn't too much of a problem. I told them that I wanted to keep my daughter overnight with me and they were always more than happy to leave her with me because they were so busy in the nursery. I think this is a problem with a lot of the hospitals, with too many newborns and all hospitals just being short staffed. One of the nurses told me she worked a double shift. I was not impressed with the baby nurses and they weren't always polite (a few were great, a few weren't so great). The nursery was filled with mainland babies and I think I saw only one caucasian baby during my 5 night stay. The regular nurses are very helpful and good at what they do, but they're not always available. There was one day though, when I had my daughter with me for the entire day, that no one came to check up on us. I was in a private room and I guess they were all too busy. I wasn't too happy with this because I expected a certain level of service during my stay. But generally speaking, the Adventist was good. They let you room in, you can breastfeed in your room (unlike the Sanatorium, which I have been told), and they are quite flexible and will basically follow your instructions on caring for your child. My Ob/Gyn says Matilda is good but a little "snobby" but their facilities are not the best. I'm assuming she's speaking from a medical standpoint for c-sections. This is what she told me. I would not know firsthand. Btw, Adventist told my doctor they were full, but my doctor told me just to stop by to check if I really was in labor, and when I arrived 10 minutes later, was told there were 2 rooms available. Go figure! So it was a good thing I went in person to check it out (we had a booking but were told we were "wait-listed").

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