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Posted by Virgolex (as ),
I was 12 weeks pregnant and attended for my first scan appointment where we were told the sad news that the pregnancy was not viable. I was admitted to D9 later that day and underwent a medical termination. Although the nurses did not think I had passed all the pregnancy the gynaecologist, after scanning me felt I could be discharged without any follow up care. I was not provided with much information about what to expect other than, I could bleed for 3 weeks or given a number to call.
When I did have concerns about the amount of blood and clots I was passing the midwives I spoke to at the hospital I felt were very dismissive, lacked empathy and not helpful.
I presented to A&E when I was showing signs of an infection. I was examined but not scanned and sent home with oral antibiotics. The gynaecologist did not think there was a clinical indication for a scan at this point, which I now know delayed me getting the right treatment.
5 weeks since the termination I deteriorated and almost collapsed. It was actually a midwife from the Tommy’s organisation who finally gave me sound clinical advise that passing large clots is something to be taken seriously and that only a scan could rule out retained products. I have lacked any continuity of care as I was discharged with no follow up or point of contact. When I phoned to explain my concerns I do not feel it was taken seriously by the midwives. I also feel the gynaecologist should have scanned me that day or at least offered some follow up. When I have been at the lowest I have ever been with grief I have had to struggle to get the appropriate care. I am a nurse and appreciate the pressure the NHS is under but this is no excuse for the poor care I have received.