I doubt if there is a maternity unit in the UK that isn’t strapped for funds. Savings always need to be found! But please don’t scrimp on the installation of the birthing bath – this is a job for a qualified plumber and not a general fitter. This is not a way of pushing our installation service but simply because we’ve just had to tidy up a mess left by a contractor who didn’t install the bath properly.
It is very important that the bath you have bought, paid to be delivered and installed is put in properly to avoid extra costs and problems down the line. Make sure Estates or someone ensures the contractor follows the instructions. If you have queries, ring us. You could have a site visit before hand so that we can discuss installation; you can also book for our plumber to be present at installation to offer guidance, at the very least, you could arrange for him to be present to give phone support. The cost of a site visit (which is only for mileage and time) is discounted from the purchase price (up to a maximum of £200) in any case.
We understand that hospitals will want to make saving where they can but, as we know with a local hospital, the installer put the bath in wrongly and with no consideration of the midwives who will have to use it. This has caused extra expense, hassle and time-wastage trying to sort it. Othertimes, the incorrect trap has been used so that Infection Control are unhappy.