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    lcg97 is offline Registered User
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    Sai Kung / Prince of Wales Hospital

    Hi all,

    I have recently found out that I am 6 weeks pregnant. I live in Sai Kung and was wondering if anyone has any recent experience of delivering at the Prince of Wales hospital in Shatin as it seems to be my only option if I go down the Public route with regard to catchment area. There are a few threads on here but back from 2008, so was just seeing if anyone had any more up-to-date stories particularly now that we seem to be in peak time for dragon babies in Hong Kong!

    I have always heard that the Queen Mary is the best option for pregnancy as it has the most specialist treatment but would be out of my catchment area - is this an true or is POW comparable?

    If I register at POW hospital, do all my clinic appointment need to be taken in that catchment area, or can I opt to take them on HK Island where I work?

    I am also a little worried about English levels - particularly as I have just phoned the POW to try to find out the number of the department to make arrangements / register etc - and after only saying 'hello' the receptionist giggled down the phone, said to me in Cantonese she didn't speak English (I understood that much!) and hung up the phone - not a very reassuring first contact!

    Many thanks in advance for any help and advise - as a first time mum this is all very overwhelming to deal with!!!

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    I delivered there in 2009 and I will answer the "English speaking staff" part of your question. When I was in the delivery ward, all the nurses that were there spoke very good english and understood everything I said. The doctor on duty that day was Australian and when i ended up having an emergency c-section the anaesthetist and surgeon were both Australian.
    for my pre-natal appointments, the hospital staff in the clinic were OK but the doctors who checked me all had very understandable english.
    The only area where I found any real issues were after delivery. Some of the staff on the wards did not understand me but if I had any questions there were nurses on the ward who did so it was fine.
    I am not sure if you can have public hospital appointments over in central if you are delivering in PWH but you can absolutely have private OB appointments along with public system if you wish to go down that route.

    Good luck!
    Last edited by AmyH; 04-16-2012 at 11:14 AM.

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    From what I understand Queen Mary is the most expat friendly and being a teaching hospital has the most experienced staff but Prince of Wales is also a teaching hospitals, so I'd think it's second best in that regard. Also, if you or your baby need specialist treatment that can only be provide in QMH, they will refer you there so don't worry about that.

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    I also delivered in POW in 2011. In my birth plan, I indicated that I cannot speak the local language & all throughout my delivery they had an English speaking person there. In the ward where you recover, it's a bit different. For the important stuff like post natal check-up, tests for your baby, shots etc, they will bring in someone who speaks English. Even if they are addressing all 8 of us mums in the ward, they will then have someone come over & talk to you. With other matters like someone deliver to the meals, water, cleaners or staff who assist in general, they speak Cantonese. I'll be honest & say some of the small stuff was lost in translation but I was happy to let it go & just get some rest.

    Re: antenatal check-ups, I did the minimum required at POW & did all of my check-ups at Annerley or their recommended dr. I did this because I cannot afford long waiting times at POW since I had to pick up my daughter from Kindy by 12 & I didn't want to drag her there in the afternoon (I did not have a helper at that time). Whereas with Annerley, I'd go straight in & even have time for a quick look at Bumps to Babes before I pick up my daughter.

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    Thank you to all for your positive feedback. I feel much happier now!

    Newbie_hk - Can I just ask, what was the 'minimum required' at POW? I think I am going to go down that route, and then do the rest with my private doctor / Annerly (or other) - I'm like you and want to have more organized appointments so I can plan my day better as I will be working throughout the pregnancy. Was Annerley a good option? They look very professional and a supportive organization so I was thinking of using them as well...

    And one last question (for now) - how do you register at the POW? Can I get my private doctor to refer me or do I need to go directly? If directly, what is the best number to contact them on when someone who answers the phone won't hang up on me ;-)

    Thanks again to AmyH, charade, Newbie_HK for all your quick responses - it really is appreciated!

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    To be honest I can't remember the " minimum requirement". Just a bit of background, I was already 4 months pregnant when we moved here & 5 months when I finally registered. Most of my scans & "milestone" check-ups were done in Sydney.

    So here's what I did:
    1) Went to Annerley & got a list of which check-ups they can do
    2) Went to private OB gyn for a scan & referral to POW
    3) registered with POW with referral letter. Since I registered so late, the next appointment they could give me was 2 months later. They said I have to go to their clinic for their regular appointment (I'm not 100% sure if they mentioned a clinic) but I said I will do mine privately & they were happy with that. They did say that i had to go to their hospital for certain check-ups. Waiting time can be 1-2 hours. All in all I blocked off 3 hours for their check-up (including travel) . I think I only ended up having a check up once.

    I liked Annerley since they are very relaxed, reassuring & their style of examination is similar to my check-ups in Sydney - non intrusive. I have heard of OB GYNs who do scans and vaginal exams at every check-up. I find that intrusive & unnecessary. I believe that Annerley now has a package for those who want to opt for private antenatal checks then public delivery.

    Re : contact number. I believe I found the number of their antenatal ward on the web, if not here on Geobaby. Sorry, I don't have their direct number.

    Good luck & if you have any further questions, feel free to ask.

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    to register, you just need to show up at the hospital with a letter from a doctor confirming you are pregnant, your HK ID and your husbands ID (I think!). The number for the OB department is :

    Obstetrics & Gynaecology 26322470

    If I remember rightly, they are on the second floor and when you get there there is a counter for new patients. Just give all your info in there and they will arrange an appointment for you.

    I did minimum appointments there and went to a private OB for the rest. I did not register until I was 24 weeks pregnant and had two appointments with them, one at 30 weeks and one at 36 weeks. They were fine with that.

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    I had some really negative feedback about the POW yesterday and that they now have a policy that fathers are only allowed into the birthing room during the final 10 minutes. Both my husband and I really want him to be around during the whole thing. Does anyone have any recent experience of this? I was recommended to go to the United Christian instead but I don't seem to be able to find that much positive stuff about there either... Any ideas? I had just registered at the POW yesterday morning, and now I'm worried this isn't going to be the right option. The feedback was from a midwife who works around multiple hospitals in HK, so I guess she knows her stuff???

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