"Admitted to A&E 33 weeks pregnant with query minor..."

About: Epsom Hospital

My daughter was admitted to A&E at Epsom with sudden onset of severe left sided headache, disorientation and loss of visual focus, she then developed a right sided weakness. She is 33 weeks pregnant. Whilst she was in A&E she was referred for an MRI scan - two days later she is still waiting for the scan. In her first 24 hours of admission her care consisted of admitting her to an acute medical assessment ward, 2 paracetemol and after nearly 24 hours she was given some anti embolism stockings, she was then commenced on aspirin and anti coagulant injections. Today, two days later she has been told by one doctor she needs to stay in hospital until she has a scan in case she has a stroke, another doctor has told her she can go home and have her scan in outpatients but doesn't know when that will be. Apparently the MRI unit is privately contracted and closed at the weekends.

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Response from Epsom Hospital

Thank you for your feedback. I would like to look into this a bit further. To help me to follow up this incident please can you call our patient advice and liaison team (PALS) on 020 8296 2508 or email pals@esth.nhs.uk. Further information is available on our website at www.epsom-sthelier.nhs.uk/pals. Joint Medical Director, Dr James Marsh

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