I'm 26, and found out I was pregnant at the end of Nov 2020. I have a chromasonal disorder which makes it difficult for me to get pregnant, and which also makes me susceptible to miscarriages. My partner and I were so happy, but obviously very nervous at this news.
I experienced bleeding at the beginning of December and on my way to the hospital I tried contacting the Emergency Early Pregnancy Unit at the Gynaecology Emergency Department (GED) EIGHT times and had no answer. Not acceptable.
Once we arrived, my partner had to wait outside of the hospital due to COVID precautions and was told that my doctor would call him in if necessary.
When I arrived at the GED I was extremely distressed and I received absolutely no words of comfort from any of the staff. I sat in the waiting area alone, in pain, and I was not checked up on once. I was also sat in the waiting area with other women laughing and joking about their experiences giving birth, while I was sat to see if I had miscarried my first pregnancy. I should have been asked to have waited in a more private room.
The Triage nurse I saw was also extremely apathetic and clinical towards me, and thought I had Chrons Disease after expressing to this staff member that I have a chromosomal disorder. The Triage nurse also heavily expressed that I could not have my partner with me for support, which was clearly not something the doctor had considered.
After an agonising wait in the waiting room, I finally saw a Nurse Practitioner who informed me that my urine sample came back that I was no longer pregnant. I had told them I had taken eight tests and they all came back positive. I was devastated and thought at this point they would have asked if I had someone with me for support. Instead I was asked if I was not using protection??. I found this completely inappropriate and heartless to say to a woman experiencing a miscarriage and who was clearly devastated at the news.
After further tests, I learned that there was very little pregnancy hormone in my blood, indicating an inevitable miscarriage. I received no words of compassion or support, and no staff members asked whether someone was here to collect me. I left the GED alone and once I returned home I experienced my miscarriage.
I understand the difficulties that the hospital is facing and the extra precautions that it needs to take to make sure its staff and patients are safe during the pandemic. But the Liverpool Women's Hospital needs to show a level of common sense. I should not have experienced that trauma alone, and experienced such inappropriate and unacceptable care.
I will never forgive the hospital for my experience.
"Miscarriage at Gynaecology Emergency Department"
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