"Sensitivity to the needs of sexual trauma victims"
About: Royal Bournemouth General Hospital / Gynaecology Royal Bournemouth General Hospital Gynaecology BH7 7DW
Posted by endreisa (as ),
Last week I underwent a Cystoscopy in the Day Surgery at Royal Bournemouth and Christchuch Hospital. Everyone I met with was very kind. I asked for and obtained additional information about the purpose of the intervention. Excellent.
But it was clear to me that there was complete ignorance of the particular needs of a shockingly large patient category: victims of sexual trauma.
Here are some practical suggestions as to how my own experience at RBCH might have been made much easier. These will also, I hope, be pretty easy to implement. Relaxed, rather than stressed, sexual trauma victims will, I am certain, make much better patients:
- turn the gurney around so that the patient's genitalia are not facing the door
- nurses, orderlies (3 were present with me in a very small operating theater) should if possible be seated off to one side ready to leap into action if necessary but not, please not, directly overlooking the surgical procedure.
- the key should be to afford the patient maximum privacy possible given the circumstances.
I hope these remarks will be of use to hospital staff as well as to the large number of victims of sexual trauma, striving to regain basic human dignity and identity in their lives.