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Mum-to-be from Wick claims she was left in agony during two-day labour in Inverness

By Ian Duncan

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A CAITHNESS mother has claimed she was left in excruciating pain after travelling to hospital in Inverness to give birth.

She said she endured almost two days of labour without pain relief or even a check up following the 100 mile journey from her home in Wick.

The unidentified woman, who was with her partner, was staying at Kyle Court, Raigmore Hospital’s accommodation unit, from last Wednesday but she said no one checked on them either on that day or the following day.

The couple has claimed they were forced to wait for up to four hours in a cramped waiting room despite being booked in for an induced birth at 9pm on Thursday – she was finally given a hospital bed around 1.30am on Friday.

They have complained about the lack of hospital beds and have raised concerns with the Caithness Health Action Team (Chat) which has claimed this was not an isolated report.

An NHS Highland spokesman has apologised for the situation not being as expected and urged the couple to contact the health authority’s lead midwife to investigate their concerns.

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